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 After feeling hurt that he was left out of Minnesota’s starting lineup in the 2-1 loss to Atlanta in the U.S. Open Cup finale, Quintero scored in the 20th minute to equalize Albert Rusnak’s opening goal in the 17th minute. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Darwin Quintero stars in Minnesota United’s 3-1 win over Salt Lake," 15 Sep. 2019 Ribery entered as a late replacement for Riccardo Sottil, and appeared to have been pulled down in the penalty area by Elseid Hysaj, the non-call costing Fiorentina a chance to equalize. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "MLS season could have a Hollywood ending for LAFC," 26 Aug. 2019 England responded nine minutes later, when Ellen White scored her sixth goal of the tournament by slipping a dagger past Alyssa Naeher to equalize. Laken Litman, SI.com, "USA's Depth, Heroics on Display in Women's World Cup Semifinal Win vs. England," 2 July 2019 The walk was timed around the Connecticut legislature’s discussions of a proposal to equalize access to higher education and institutional aid to immigrant students in Connecticut. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "In The Rain, In Pain, Wethersfield Man Walks For Dreamers," 7 June 2018 Newcastle had two brilliant opportunities to equalize early in the second half, but they were squandered on both occasions by Emil Krafth. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool battles back against Newcastle to maintain perfect start to the season," 14 Sep. 2019 Kane thumped a shot off the post before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang touched in Guendouzi’s pass to equalize—two minutes after he’d been moved into the middle as Lacazette was withdrawn to isolated booing. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Tottenham Recaptures Some of Last Season's Form Against Arsenal," 1 Sep. 2019 In chess, white begins with a slight advantage, and black looks first to equalize. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Magnus Carlsen Was Defeated, But the Draw Remains Dominant in Chess," 30 Aug. 2019 The Revolution were resourceful in rallying to equalize on a 65th-minute goal by Gustavo Bou Saturday. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Early indications aren’t promising for Chelsea FC," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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