equal·​iz·​er | \ˈē-kwə-ˌlī-zər \

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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Education is also the great equalizer in our society, the means by which every kid has a chance to achieve the American Dream. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Where the candidates for D.C. Council chair stand on the issues," 11 June 2018 If higher education is supposed to be the great equalizer, these institutions—from community colleges to public regional four-year colleges like Cal State and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County—are the ones that are doing the most work. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Schools That Are Bringing Poor Kids Into the Middle Class," 24 May 2018 The forward’s equalizer came through a back-pass from teammate Rodolfo Da Silva. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "SOC: Fresno FC at San Antonio FC 5-6," 5 May 2018 Girona's equalizer came after Atletico coach Diego Simeone had substituted Griezmann and Costa as the hosts sought to defend their slim advantage. USA TODAY, "Atletico, Valencia stumble in pursuit of leader Barcelona," 20 Jan. 2018 The equalizer came in the 58th minute off a long throw in from Northshore that landed in the box. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "Northshore 2, Mandeville 1: Britney Bertram's header gives Panthers key district win," 13 Jan. 2018 In the same game, with the Pride clinging to a 2-1 lead, Harris had a crucial save in the 52nd minute to deny Tobin Heath an equalizer. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris: Club should be winning games," 16 May 2018 And this was during a defensive stalemate, before their game against Spain turned into an absolute batty defeat—complete with an oddball goal, a whistled off equalizer and even a somersault. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Spain Overcomes Iran’s Stubborn Defense in the World Cup," 20 June 2018 Wasilla's final chance to score the equalizer came from a volley up to Reese Sande with less than five minutes to play. Chris Lawrence, Anchorage Daily News, "South girls back on top of state soccer thanks to three straight shutouts," 27 May 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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