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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When a plane is ascending and descending, atmospheric pressure changes, and our bodies try to equalize the internal pressure to match the outside environment. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "This is what happens to your body when an airplane cabin isn’t pressurized," 21 Sep. 2018 The Argentine’s goal came with Girona threatening to equalize despite losing defender Bernardo Espinosa to a second yellow card shortly after halftime. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "‘Leo never misses’: Messi scores again as Barca beats Girona," 27 Jan. 2019 The second half was more of the same, with Indy mostly controlling play but unable to equalize. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Motivated Indy Eleven fall short in 2nd game of homestand," 4 July 2018 The program works to equalize educational opportunities by insuring that all children entering school have learned basics such as letters and numbers. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Far fewer South Florida children ready for kindergarten, state tests show," 5 June 2018 The ideal solution would be eliminating EITE exemptions, and instead implementing some kind of border-adjustment tax based on carbon content — that would equalize the competitive effects while preserving the incentive. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 The Kings survived a tenacious Vegas attack with Jonathan Quick and threw on a late charge that couldn't equalize Shea Theodore's first-period score. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Knights beat Kings 1-0 in Vegas' first playoff game," 12 Apr. 2018 Guilty students of any race are qualified for discipline, and shouldn’t be excused to equalize suspension rates, as the guidance encouraged. WSJ, "DeVos Is Restoring Order to America’s Schools," 30 Dec. 2018 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

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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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