equalize

verb
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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Other Words from equalize

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

Synonyms for equalize

Synonyms

balance, equate, even, level

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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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Mendez came inches from equalizing on a free kick soon after, but Weah took matters into his own hands by deftly rifling home a volley off a U.S. corner kick, making it 1-1 six minutes later. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Ecuador Leads USA in U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals," 8 June 2019 This raises the question of whether the hypothetical mechanism that equalized the vacuum energy kicked in before or after these shifts took place. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery," 12 Mar. 2018 Guilfoyle explains that both of these things help during take-off and descent, as children may have difficulty equalizing their ear pressure and feel uncomfortable. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How To Survive a Long-Haul Flight With Kids, According to An Emirates Flight Attendant," 29 Apr. 2019 These actions help exercise your Eustachian tubes and equalize the air pressure behind your eardrums when other methods don’t work, such as pinching your nose and blowing. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 6 June 2018 But as with just about all efforts to equalize the workplace, the old motto holds true—better late than never. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 On Croatia’s first goal, Perisic barely beat Kyle Walker to the ball on his high kick to equalize. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Persistent Croatia Comes Back on England to Secure First World Cup Final Berth," 11 July 2018 However, Denmark was quickly brought back down to earth, as Milan Mandzukic equalized for Croatia just three minutes later. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup's quickest goal is also the weirdest one so far," 1 July 2018 Denis Cheryshev gave Russia the lead with a shot into the upper corner in the 31st minute and Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime. Tales Azzoni, Houston Chronicle, "Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to World Cup semis on penalties," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of equalize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of equalize was in 1600

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equalize

verb

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

equalize

verb
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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