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 Kirtland pressured the Liberty-Benton defense late in the second half but could not find the equalizing goal. cleveland, "Kirtland loses to Liberty-Benton, 2-1, in the D-III girls state soccer semifinal," 6 Nov. 2019 Paulo Dybala put Juve ahead with a 50th minute penalty, but the home side equalized from the spot six minutes later with Marco Mancosu on target. Paul Gittings, CNN, "New VAR controversy as Manchester City cuts gap to Liverpool," 26 Oct. 2019 Hakan Calhanoglu had put Milan ahead early on before Khouma Babacar equalized with a penalty after the break. Andrew Dampf, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pioli already identifies problems of struggling AC Milan," 21 Oct. 2019 On the kickoff following an LAFC goal, Higuita immediately looked to attack, darting a pass through the midfield to tuck Nani in behind the backline for the equalizing goal. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Cristian Higuita returns from injury, offers jolt of speed to Orlando City midfield," 10 Sep. 2019 What's even more daunting is the fact almost 51 years have passed since Georgi Asparoukhov netted to initially put Bulgaria ahead at Wembley, before Geoff Hurst equalized in a 1–1 draw in December 1968. Si Wire, SI.com, "England vs. Bulgaria Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 7 Sep. 2019 Hull responded with a much stronger defensive effort, and the equalizing goal looked imminent after a slew of late-game corner kicks. BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington Catholic 1, Saint Joseph Prep 0 —," 3 Oct. 2019 Alonso scored the equalizing goal in the 70th minute, bringing a carbonation back into the game. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United clinches MLS Cup playoff spot with late drama in 2-1 win," 25 Sep. 2019 After feeling hurt that he was left out of Minnesota’s starting lineup in the 2-1 loss to Atlanta in the U.S. Open Cup finale, Quintero scored in the 20th minute to equalize Albert Rusnak’s opening goal in the 17th minute. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Darwin Quintero stars in Minnesota United’s 3-1 win over Salt Lake," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of equalize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Equalize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equalization?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=equali05. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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