equal·​ize | \ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz \
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 \ 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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That shift was far greater than necessary to equalize the population among the state’s congressional districts, the court said. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Federal Court Strikes Down Maryland Gerrymander," 7 Nov. 2018 Hwang Ui-jo, the tournament’s leading scorer, completed his hat-trick to equalize at 3-3 and take the game into extra-time, and Hwang Hee-chan slotted home a penalty with two minutes remaining to send the South Koreans into the semifinals. John Duerden, The Seattle Times, "Son and co faced Vietnam and ‘Korean Hiddink’ at Asian Games," 27 Aug. 2018 The coordinated gender-neutral suits and face-obscuring masks also, in a way, equalize the four women, who come from different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses in that moment. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "The Costumes in Widows Mirror Each Woman’s Journey," 15 Nov. 2018 But just as Serbia was feeling comfortable, Arsenal's Granit Xhaka equalized with a rocket of a hit outside the box. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "WATCH: Shaqiri, Xhaka Score as Switzerland Comes Back to Beat Serbia," 22 June 2018 Columbia equalized late in the first half on Juan Quintero's rolling but accurate free kick, which sneaked inside the right post. Brett Martel, Houston Chronicle, "Japan tops Colombia in latest World Cup surprise," 19 June 2018 District 161 makes up 23 percent of Lincoln-Way’s equalized assessed valuation, and 24.5 percent of its student enrollment, per Cook’s figures. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "District 161 to study taking over LW North High School," 27 May 2018 Sala showed good balance to drill a low shot into the bottom left corner in the 17th minute, only for Mothiba to equalize with a powerful downward header in the 68th. USA TODAY, "Lyon slips further behind after 2-0 home defeat to Rennes," 11 Feb. 2018 Water rushes in to equalize the pressure, propelling the boat forward. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Us Take Apart an Outboard Motor Into 501 Pieces," 6 Aug. 2015

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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

sports : to tie the score


equal·​ize | \ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz \
equalized; equalizing

Kids Definition of equalize

: to make even or equal

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