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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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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Aymeric Laporte equalized in the 62nd with a header from a set-piece. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "7 more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage," 27 Nov. 2018 Solving the workplace problems that have plagued women for decades isn’t just a matter of finding mentors, equalizing pay or making sure that women have as many opportunities as men. WSJ, "Women, Workplaces and External Demands," 5 Nov. 2018 And then came Thursday night for game three, where the Cyclones had a two-goal deficit and equalized in a 15-second swing before eventually beating the Komets 7-6 in overtime. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Cyclones host game four Saturday night down 2-1," 20 Apr. 2018 Two decades ago, the state passed a radical law that aimed to equalize education funding. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Lawsuits and slashed tires: Vermont’s school funding battle," 23 Nov. 2018 This naturally opens up the Eustachian tubes, allowing the air in your middle ear to equalize, Dr. Jung says. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 The visitors opened the scoring before Lance Laing equalized the match just before halftime. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Scouting report: Nashville City vs. FC Cincinnati at Nissan Stadium," 6 July 2018 His penalty gave Portugal an early one-goal lead, but after Diego Costa equalized, Ronaldo scored again before halftime to give his country a 2–1 advantage. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Late Free Kick Equalizer, Sealing Hat Trick vs. Spain," 15 June 2018 That shift was far greater than necessary to equalize the population among the state’s congressional districts, the court said. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Federal Court Strikes Down Maryland Gerrymander," 7 Nov. 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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