equal·​iz·​er | \ ˈē-kwə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce equalizer (audio) \

Definition of equalizer

: one that equalizes: such as
a : a score that ties a game
b : an electronic device (as in a sound-reproducing system) used to adjust response to different audio frequencies

Examples of equalizer in a Sentence

He scored the equalizer in the 60th minute.

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Brilla struck first when Oliver Brock beat Jesters goalie Chad Collins in the 65th minute, but Thomas Peers of the Jesters drilled an equalizer moments later. Michael Democker, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Jesters lose U.S. Open Cup in penalty shoot-out," 10 May 2018 Spain substitute Iago Aspas scored the late equalizer Monday in a 2-2 draw with Morocco. BostonGlobe.com, "Injury-time goal helps Spain clinch Group B at World Cup," 25 June 2018 Pique scored a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw as the Spanish league leader narrowly avoided losing to its crosstown rival for the second time in less than three weeks. USA TODAY, "Barcelona's Pique scores late to silence Espanyol crowd," 4 Feb. 2018 Javier Mascherano, the veteran Argentine defender, said the equalizer really hurt his team. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Benjamin Pavard, and His World Cup Highlight, Came Out of Nowhere," 4 July 2018 With James Rodríguez out for Colombia, England controlled the match for the most part and looked to be headed for a 1-0 victory in 90 minutes, but the late Colombian equalizer changed things. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "This World Cup's Latest Twist: England Wins a Penalty Kick Shootout," 3 July 2018 The $875 Harman Kardon surround sound provided excellent tuneage, but the equalizer is a little too fussy and inside-baseball for on-the-road use. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 2018 The Park is the great equalizer for New York City, said Jenny Mollen Biggs. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Nell Diamond is Honored at a Luncheon in Support of Hudson River Park," 28 Jan. 2019 Buggy scored the equalizer on a throwing error, and Bennett came home on Clay Spencer’s RBI sacrifice liner. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Archbishop Carroll falls to Lower Dauphin in state baseball semifinal," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of equalizer

1792, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of equalizer

: something that makes people or things equal
sports : a score (such as a point, goal, or run) that ties a game

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an act or instance of returning to life

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