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
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Recent Examples on the Web Despite all the goals coming in the first 15 minutes, Sunday’s match didn’t lack action or excitement with the Thorns finding a flurry of chances to equalize in the second half. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 24 May 2021 The Courage failed to equalize in the waning moments of the game. Mitchell Northam, orlandosentinel.com, 22 May 2021 Only after Louisville’s keeper was called for an infraction for coming off the goal line did Brett equalize. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 May 2021 Leipzig would equalize thanks to goals by Lukas Klostermann (63') and Dani Olmo (77'), but Sancho eventually scored the winner in the 87th minute. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 8 May 2021 Currently, the major state lawsuits are frequently transferred among the 14 intermediate appellate courts to equalize dockets, Huffman noted. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 Chelsea had two huge chances to equalize in the second half, but on both occasions was denied by superb saves from Schmeichel. George Ramsay, CNN, 15 May 2021 But a mistake in the 77th minute gave the Pigeons the chance to equalize from the penalty spot. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 9 May 2021 The Reign had a close chance to equalize in the 35th minute as Bethany Balcer beat goalkeeper AD Franch but ended up too wide to shoot. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equalize. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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