equal·ize | \ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun

Synonyms for equalize


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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England lost 2–1 to Croatia after extra time in their World Cup semifinal on Wednesday, but not before trying to equalize in tricky fashion. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "WATCH: England Tried to Score While Croatia Was Celebrating Go-Ahead Goal," 12 July 2018 The medical device sector did not take as big a hit as anticipated from the Trump Administration's 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods that went into effect Friday, part of President Trump's plan to equalize global trade polices. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Pacemakers, ultrasound gear costs could rise from China trade tariffs," 7 July 2018 Costa Rica got its first goal in Russia when defender Kendall Waston headed in a corner early in the second to equalize. Gerald Imray, BostonGlobe.com, "Switzerland advances at World Cup after draw with Costa Rica," 27 June 2018 In the third minute of added time, Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty to equalize for Iran after video review. Mauricio Savarese, The Seattle Times, "Iran hopes for respect after stopping Ronaldo at World Cup," 25 June 2018 Colombia, the prematch favorite, which just used its attacking might to equalize? Victor Mather, New York Times, "Japan’s World Cup Starts With a Wild Win Over Colombia," 20 June 2018 Perisic equalized in the 68th minute, though, and then set up Mandzukic in the 109th minute for the eventual winner. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Persistent Croatia Comes Back on England to Secure First World Cup Final Berth," 11 July 2018 Nigerian Victor Moses equalizes with a penalty kick in the 51st minute, to the delight of a few hundred select fans in green. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 The draft equalizes competition and can give second-line teams a shot at a win that would propel them into the playoffs. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Kyle Busch knows that being on a winning roll can turn quickly," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of equalize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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

sports : to tie the score


equal·ize | \ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz \
equalized; equalizing

Kids Definition of equalize

: to make even or equal

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to reject or criticize sharply

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