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 Leaving windows open during a storm to equalize pressure is just a myth, said Linton. Fox News, "Round homes and hurricanes: How circular design, emphasis on connections keep these structures standing," 27 May 2020 The other parent may need to do something else to equalize time commitments. Laura Vanderkam, New York Times, "Have a Baby and Still Want to Get Things Done?," 18 Apr. 2020 Because the pressure wants to equalize across the respiratory system and the atmosphere, those changes indirectly force air into and out of the lungs. Time, "The Surprisingly Long History of the Ventilator, the Machine You Never Want to Need," 7 Apr. 2020 The bill also provided a tax break for feminine hygiene products, a provision that had long been sought to equalize tax treatment for products used by men and women but that will also represent a boon for the industry. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'Much of it was junk’: Trump, Pelosi claim credit for beating back bad ideas in coronavirus stimulus," 1 Apr. 2020 The pandemic is equalizing the usefulness of passports. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "These passports lost the most value during the Covid-19 pandemic," 17 Apr. 2020 If their temperatures do not equalize, the current will flow forever. Quanta Magazine, "How to Design a Perpetual Energy Machine," 1 Apr. 2020 Three Rachels of force were pushing the small oval door closed, and Hunley did not think to equalize the pressure like Wilhelm Bauer did. Rachel Lance, Wired, "How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine," 7 Apr. 2020 Opening your windows equalizes the pressure in your house, decreasing the potential for damage: False. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'Dangerous myth': Despite what people say, tornadoes do hit cities. Here's why.," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of equalize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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6 Jun 2020

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“Equalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equalize. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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