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equal

adjective \ ˈē-kwəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of equal

1 a (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
4 a : capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or a task
b : suitable
  • bored with work not equal to his abilities

Examples of equal in a Sentence

  1. an equal number of apples and oranges

  2. We divided the profits into three equal shares.

  3. The play combines tragedy and comedy in equal measure.

  4. The opposing candidate has demanded equal time on television.

  5. The fractions {frac1 and {frac2 are equal.

  6. providing equal opportunities for children of all races

  7. We need to have equal academic standards for male and female students.

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Origin and Etymology of equal

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

Synonym Discussion of equal

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

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equal

noun

Definition of equal

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

Examples of equal in a Sentence

  1. I consider him my equal.

  2. We are all equals here.

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First Known Use of equal

1573

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equal

verb

Definition of equal

equaled or equalled; equaling or equalling
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

Examples of equal in a Sentence

  1. Nothing can ever equal that experience.

  2. See if you can equal that!

  3. a weight lifter attempting to equal his rival's performance

  4. No one can equal him in chess.

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First Known Use of equal

1590

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EQUAL Defined for English Language Learners

equal

adjective

Definition of equal for English Language Learners

  • : the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality

  • : having the same mathematical value

  • : not changing : the same for each person


equal

noun

Definition of equal for English Language Learners

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


equal

verb

Definition of equal for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

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equal

adjective \ ˈē-kwəl \

Definition of equal for Students

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.

equally

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

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equal

verb

Definition of equal for Students

equaled or equalled; equaling or equalling
: to be the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality as

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equal

noun

Definition of equal for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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equal

adjective

legal Definition of equal

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

Origin and Etymology of equal

Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal


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equal

noun

legal Definition of equal

: one that is equal


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