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 equalize (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
Recent Examples on the Web The paper, by researchers Ellora Derenoncourt, Chi Hyun Kim, Moritz Kuhn & Moritz Schularick, drew information from census data and tax records to analyze racial economic disparities over time and what steps should be taken to equalize them. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 18 June 2022 The settlement includes a commitment to equalize pay and bonuses to match the men's team. CBS News, 15 Mar. 2022 To avoid creating environments of exclusion, leaders should make a conscious effort to equalize information sharing and increase transparency around promotions and other career progression mechanisms. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 9 June 2022 But after allowing Sporting Kansas City to equalize while playing at a numerical disadvantage, the Revolution recovered to take a 2-1 victory Sunday. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2022 The deals come three months after U.S. Soccer settled a lawsuit filed by members of the women’s national team that included a $24 million payout as well as a pledge from the federation to equalize pay between the men’s and women’s national teams. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Meanwhile air-conditioning has the potential to equalize conditions between different countries as an essential part of climate justice. Brooke Bowser, Scientific American, 10 May 2022 Reapportionment redraws the Assembly’s district boundaries, happening usually every 10 years after the U.S. census is complete, in order to help equalize representation of Anchorage residents on the Assembly as the population changes. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 Districts are redrawn after each U.S. census every 10 years to equalize populations within them. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of equalize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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2 Aug 2022

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“Equalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equalize. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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