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 Bills this session attempted to increase access to telehealth services, including SB161, which tried to equalize insurance reimbursements between virtual and in-person mental health visits. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah lawmakers are pouring millions into mental health. Here’s their plan.," 15 Mar. 2021 Pre-K is the best place to invest to equalize outcomes. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School Board candidate Q&As: Does Anchorage need better preschool options?," 14 Mar. 2021 Lower income people were likely to pay off debt which helped equalize their wealth minus debt. Teresa Ghilarducci, Forbes, "Economists Weigh-In On COVID-19 And Inequality," 4 Mar. 2021 But Kidman is one of the only good things about it, offering an early glimpse at her ability to equalize flinty resolve with giggling coquettishness. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, "Nicole Kidman’s 15 Career Golden Globe Nominations, Ranked," 25 Feb. 2021 Lightfoot has repeatedly said that in-person learning must be an option for all students in the city to help equalize the playing field. Washington Post, "Chicago teachers continue to protest in-person classes; parents question status of locked-out teachers," 8 Jan. 2021 Burnley felt hard done by when Ashley Barnes appeared to equalize in the 19th minute. Paul Gittings, CNN, "West Brom stuns Liverpool with late equalizer," 27 Dec. 2020 Without sailors and their needs for essential life-giving gases like nitrogen and oxygen, AUVs can be free-flooded, meaning water enters the body of the vehicle to equalize pressure instead of being kept outside an airtight hull. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "This 3D-Printed Sub Could Be the Future of Undersea Warfare," 20 Dec. 2020 The article was inspired by his father, Emmett J. Rice, a Ph.D. economist and Federal Reserve Board member who encouraged his children to equalize the system. CBS News, "This nonprofit is overhauling corporate America with a new generation of diverse recruits," 12 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Mar 2021

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“Equalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equalize. Accessed 11 Apr. 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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