equal·​ize | \ ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz How to pronounce equalize (audio) \
equalized; equalizing

Definition of equalize

transitive verb

1 : to make equal
2a : to compensate for
b : to make uniform especially : to distribute evenly or uniformly equalize the tax burden
c : to adjust or correct the frequency characteristics of (an electronic signal) by restoring to their original level high frequencies that have been attenuated

intransitive verb

chiefly British : to tie the score

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equalization \ ˌē-​kwə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce equalization (audio) \ noun

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Examples of equalize in a Sentence

They are hoping to equalize pay for workers with similar jobs. Educational opportunities have not yet equalized. trying to equalize the pressure
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Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic is equalizing the usefulness of passports. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "These passports lost the most value during the Covid-19 pandemic," 17 Apr. 2020 If their temperatures do not equalize, the current will flow forever. Quanta Magazine, "How to Design a Perpetual Energy Machine," 1 Apr. 2020 Three Rachels of force were pushing the small oval door closed, and Hunley did not think to equalize the pressure like Wilhelm Bauer did. Rachel Lance, Wired, "How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine," 7 Apr. 2020 Opening your windows equalizes the pressure in your house, decreasing the potential for damage: False. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'Dangerous myth': Despite what people say, tornadoes do hit cities. Here's why.," 4 Mar. 2020 Pressure equalizer: Apple has created a new vent system to equalize pressure in your ear, minimizing any discomfort that your typical earbuds may cause. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Reveals New AirPods Pro, and They're Available This Week," 28 Oct. 2019 The Revolution, who have an 0-5-2 all-time record against Atlanta United since 2017, nearly equalized in the late going, after Five Stripes captain Michael Parkhurst departed with a shoulder injury. BostonGlobe.com, "“When you look out on the field and he’s there you feel better about how the game’s going to go,” Larentowicz said of Parkhurst. “At least I do, and I’m sure the other guys do, too.," 20 Oct. 2019 Islam Slimani equalized for Monaco in the 56th minute before Ben Yedder snatched victory in the third minute of stoppage time, extending Rennes’ winless streak in all competitions to nine matches. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Monaco beats Rennes 3-2 to move out of relegation zone," 20 Oct. 2019 On Sunday, Governor Reeves said the inflow and outflow from the reservoir had equalized, according to the Associated Press. Josiah Bates, Time, "Mississippi and Tennessee Have Been Deluged With Near-Record Levels of Flooding. Here's What to Know," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of equalize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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23 May 2020

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“Equalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equalize. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of equalize

: to make (something) equal or to become equal
: to make (something) even or to become even
British, sports : to tie the score


equal·​ize | \ ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz How to pronounce equalize (audio) \
equalized; equalizing

Kids Definition of equalize

: to make even or equal

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