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

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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But as with just about all efforts to equalize the workplace, the old motto holds true—better late than never. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 On Croatia’s first goal, Perisic barely beat Kyle Walker to the ball on his high kick to equalize. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Persistent Croatia Comes Back on England to Secure First World Cup Final Berth," 11 July 2018 However, Denmark was quickly brought back down to earth, as Milan Mandzukic equalized for Croatia just three minutes later. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup's quickest goal is also the weirdest one so far," 1 July 2018 Denis Cheryshev gave Russia the lead with a shot into the upper corner in the 31st minute and Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime. Tales Azzoni, Houston Chronicle, "Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to World Cup semis on penalties," 8 July 2018 The program is designed as a form of reparations for the War on Drugs, to equalize the industry for historically disadvantaged groups such as African Americans. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Businessman offered Oakland pot official free trip to Spain," 25 Jan. 2018 But Girona stifled Barcelona’s attack and threatened to equalize on several occasions through striker Cristhian Stuani. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "‘Leo never misses’: Messi scores again as Barca beats Girona," 27 Jan. 2019 The score remained locked at 3–2 for nearly 20 more minutes before the Golden Knights equalized through a one-time blast from Nate Schmidt, sending Game 2 to overtime. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Sharks Break Through Against Vegas; Bruins Topple Lightning," 29 Apr. 2018 That lead lasted just one minute, however, before Sporting defender Jimmy Medranda equalized. Jeremy Mikula, chicagotribune.com, "Fire fall to Sporting Kansas City 4-3 in wild season opener," 10 Mar. 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
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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