equal

adjective
\ ˈē-kwəl How to pronounce equal (audio) \

Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another
(2) : identical in mathematical value or logical denotation : equivalent
b : like in quality, nature, or status
c : like for each member of a group, class, or society provide equal employment opportunities
2 : regarding or affecting all objects in the same way : impartial
3 : free from extremes: such as
a : tranquil in mind or mood
b : not showing variation in appearance, structure, or proportion
4a : capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or a task
b : suitable bored with work not equal to his abilities

equal

noun

Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one that is equal insists that women can be absolute equals with men— Anne Bernays
2 : an equal quantity

equal

verb
equaled or equalled; equaling or equalling

Definition of equal (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to be equal to especially : to be identical in value to
2 archaic : equalize
3 : to make or produce something equal to

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Adjective

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things. took the same route derived from the selfsame source very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind. the very point I was trying to make identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details. identical results equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance. two houses equivalent in market value equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality. equal shares in the business

Examples of equal in a Sentence

Adjective an equal number of apples and oranges We divided the profits into three equal shares. The play combines tragedy and comedy in equal measure. The opposing candidate has demanded equal time on television. The fractions 1/2 and 2/4 are equal. providing equal opportunities for children of all races We need to have equal academic standards for male and female students. Noun I consider him my equal. We are all equals here. Verb Nothing can ever equal that experience. See if you can equal that! a weight lifter attempting to equal his rival's performance No one can equal him in chess.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His buyout, as of Dec. 1, should Auburn terminate his contract would be slightly more than $27 million, which is equal to 75 percent of the money remaining on the deal. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Gus Malzahn addresses Arkansas job opening: ‘Nothing’s changed’," 12 Nov. 2019 The third year of that contract also included a base salary increase equal to half of the Consumer Price Index, capped at 0.75 percent. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "District 181 officials won’t release details of new teachers’ contract until board approves it," 12 Nov. 2019 Europe’s bite, however, isn’t quite equal to its bark. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Europe Can’t Land Any Big Punches on Big Tech," 12 Nov. 2019 That's equal to $4.80 for every $1,000 a person has invested. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Strong stock market may hide problems with your portfolio. Here are 5 tips to prepare," 10 Nov. 2019 Fitzpatrick has played equal to or better than the past month of quarterbacks: Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph, the Jets’ Sam Darnold and now Hoyer. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins’ 16-12 win over Colts," 10 Nov. 2019 If convicted, Fore would have to forfeit all property that is traceable to the offense, including but not limited to a sum of money equal to the scheme to defraud, according to court documents. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll bookkeeper and ‘trusted employee’ charged in federal court with embezzling $1M from employer," 6 Nov. 2019 The Blues kept knocking on the door in search of a second, but Foster stayed equal to them with some excellent saves. SI.com, "Watford 1-2 Chelsea: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Vibrant Blues Continue League Winning Streak," 2 Nov. 2019 Rios will earn a salary equal to what other deputy chiefs earn, but Bexar County Sheriff’s officials couldn’t immediately provide the exact amount. ExpressNews.com, "New jail chief hired after troubles at Bexar County jail," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both families emphasized that the combination was a merger of equals. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Why did Molson Coors — a beer company that is one of Colorado’s most iconic brands — move its headquarters to Chicago?," 3 Nov. 2019 The Journal reported that an all-stock merger of equals is one possibility. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Fiat Chrysler agrees to merger with PSA Groupe," 30 Oct. 2019 How could such massive retreats from the community that’s first among equals — the family — not have radical effects on the lives and well-being of social animals? Nr Interview, National Review, "Identity Politics Runs Much Deeper than Politics," 27 Aug. 2019 Even as tensions grew, Ms. Vangrieken continued to ask for patience from her clan, arguing that, as Wayuu, the new arrivals had to be treated as equals. New York Times, "They Survived Colonization and War. But Venezuela’s Collapse Was Too Much.," 30 July 2019 Her sisters had earned none of this, yet, suddenly, they were presented as her equals. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, "The Rivalry Between Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Sister Ida," 4 Sep. 2019 Up against receivers that are close to his athletic equal, but have played the position their whole lives, Miller isn’t a starter. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Can Braxton Miller really help the Browns (or at least teach them some lessons)? Doug Lesmerises," 21 Aug. 2019 At work, women demand to be treated as equals, both intellectually and physically. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: When a man offers a woman his seat on the train or bus, is it an act of kindness or sexism?," 9 Sep. 2019 Billed as a merger of equals, the deal would reunite the two companies, which separated in 2008 to focus on international and domestic markets, respectively. NBC News, "Tobacco giants Philip Morris and Altria in talks to merge," 27 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most Venezuelans earn minimum wage equals less than $15 a month, and inflation this year is estimated to hit 200,000%. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s Guaidó urges nation back into the streets," 15 Nov. 2019 The record low temperature for Monday in Milwaukee is 15 set in 1894 and equaled in 1986; in Madison the record low for the date is 9 degrees set in 1979. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 to 6 inches of snow forecast for southern Wisconsin; winter weather advisory issued until 3 p.m. Monday," 10 Nov. 2019 Such aquifers could be sustainable steady-state resources over time if recharge equaled pumping. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Lessons seen in ill-fated water-rail plan," 9 Nov. 2019 Miami’s opening night win over the Memphis Grizzlies equaled the team’s most watched opener since 2016, garnering a 3.41 rating, per Fox Sports Florida. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat and Panthers TV ratings soar amid hot starts; Marlins online viewership increases," 5 Nov. 2019 Hiekkavirta is a defenseman from Helsinki, Finland, who is one point away from equaling his career-best output of eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) as a junior. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The UAA hockey team has a simple mantra: Shoot the puck," 3 Nov. 2019 Perhaps the formula is this: a visually striking drink disseminated via new media equals viral sensation. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "As Aperol spritz fatigue sets in, the fight to sell the next big drink is already underway," 30 Oct. 2019 The town said this equals cost savings of more than $700,000. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "West Hartford mayor flips switch on solar array on top of town hall," 28 Oct. 2019 The monthly package of pay and bonuses workers will soon bring home equals roughly $15 monthly, socialist party lawmaker Francisco Torrealba said on Twitter, announcing the increase of more than 350%. Jorge Rueda And Scott Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Venezuela boosts worker pay again amid hyperinflation," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of equal

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equal

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal

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Time Traveler for equal

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The first known use of equal was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Equal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equaled. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for equal

equal

adjective
How to pronounce equal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality
: having the same mathematical value
: not changing : the same for each person

equal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 3)

: someone or something that is as good, skillful, valuable, etc., as another person or thing

equal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of equal (Entry 3 of 3)

used to say that one amount or number is the same as another
: to be as good as (something else)
: to produce something that is as good as (something else) or to do something as well as (someone else)

equal

adjective
\ ˈē-kwəl How to pronounce equal (audio) \

Kids Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : exactly the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality an equal share of equal importance
2 : the same for each person equal rights
3 : having enough strength, ability, or means He's equal to the task.

Other Words from equal

equally \ ˈē-​kwə-​lē \ adverb We shared the profit equally.

equal

verb
equaled or equalled; equaling or equalling

Kids Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 3)

: to be the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality as

equal

noun

Kids Definition of equal (Entry 3 of 3)

: someone or something that is as good or valuable as another

equal

adjective

Legal Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : like in quality, nature, or status
2 : like for each member of a group, class, or society
3 : regarding or affecting all objects in the same way : impartial

equal

noun

Legal Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is equal

History and Etymology for equal

Adjective

Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal

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