equal

adjective
\ ˈē-kwəl How to pronounce equal (audio) \

Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another
(2) : identical in mathematical value or logical denotation : equivalent
b : like in quality, nature, or status
c : like for each member of a group, class, or society provide equal employment opportunities
2 : regarding or affecting all objects in the same way : impartial
3 : free from extremes: such as
a : tranquil in mind or mood
b : not showing variation in appearance, structure, or proportion
4a : capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or a task
b : suitable bored with work not equal to his abilities

equal

noun

Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one that is equal insists that women can be absolute equals with men— Anne Bernays
2 : an equal quantity

equal

verb
equaled or equalled; equaling or equalling

Definition of equal (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to be equal to especially : to be identical in value to
2 archaic : equalize
3 : to make or produce something equal to

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Adjective

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things. took the same route derived from the selfsame source very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind. the very point I was trying to make identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details. identical results equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance. two houses equivalent in market value equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality. equal shares in the business

Examples of equal in a Sentence

Adjective an equal number of apples and oranges We divided the profits into three equal shares. The play combines tragedy and comedy in equal measure. The opposing candidate has demanded equal time on television. The fractions 1/2 and 2/4 are equal. providing equal opportunities for children of all races We need to have equal academic standards for male and female students. Noun I consider him my equal. We are all equals here. Verb Nothing can ever equal that experience. See if you can equal that! a weight lifter attempting to equal his rival's performance No one can equal him in chess.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective No other course of action is equal to the urgent crises and the democratic imperative of our present. Ryan D. Doerfler, The New Republic, "Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy," 13 Oct. 2020 Twelve percent of the House members are Black, which is almost equal to the percentage of Black Americans. Darian Symoné Harvin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The CROWN Act Should Be Passed in All 50 States, So Why Hasn’t It?," 9 Oct. 2020 Add an amount of olive oil that is equal to the amount of liquid in the reduction. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Peerless (and fearless) wine pairings with vegetarian meals," 8 Oct. 2020 So what happens when the object’s radius is equal to its Schwarzschild radius? Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Nobel Prize Work Took Black Holes from Fantasy to Fact," 8 Oct. 2020 The e-commerce giant says it should have been expected to see 33,952 cases nationally, had its positivity rate been equal to that of the general US population over the same period. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Why did Amazon go public with the Covid-19 case count for its US workers?," 1 Oct. 2020 That means that the recent rate is already about equal to the fastest rate in the previous 12,000 years. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Greenland is about to lose ice faster than any time since the last ice age," 30 Sep. 2020 During the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, the pulse durations were brought down to as little as a few femtoseconds (a femtosecond is equal to 10–15 second), approaching the time frame of atomic motions. Quanta Magazine, "Alchemy Arrives in a Burst of Light," 30 Sep. 2020 Hawks star Bob Pettit was equal to the challenge at 28.7 points and 18.4 rebounds. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A historical look at teams with losing records in the postseason," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Are either of those two Johnny-come-lately luxury sedans from Japan the equal of a Mercedes? Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL Delivers Unparalleled Excess," 16 Sep. 2020 Others may question whether Swift will be seen in history as the artistic equal of Sinatra, Wonder and Simon. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Has Already Won Two Grammys for Album of the Year. Could She Win a Third? Should She?," 8 Sep. 2020 Roberto, who is 10 years older, treats her as an intellectual equal, engaging her in philosophical conversations that combine Catholic theology with a critique of capitalism. Washington Post, "Elena Ferrante returns with ‘The Lying Life of Adults,’ and fans of the Neapolitan novels will be thrilled," 31 Aug. 2020 Woman is now recognized as the political equal of man. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Democracy ‘made another stride forward’ in 1920 when women won the right to vote," 21 Aug. 2020 Such a deal is expected to be an all-stock merger-of-equals, and not impact ongoing plans for United Technologies to spin off its Otis elevator and Carrier building systems units. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "United Technologies and Raytheon in advanced merger talks, reports say," 9 June 2019 Everyone saw them as joint regents, a woman and a man who are equals, who are reigning together. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Get an exclusive first look at The Spanish Princess season 2," 7 May 2020 In our rolling-start, 5-to-60-mph test, which is a better gauge of the feeling of quickness in normal driving, the two are near equals, with the Kia at 7.1 seconds and the Toyota 7.2. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander: A Battle for Three-Row Supremacy," 31 Mar. 2020 Now, supporters of the move argue, there is one person — Dunn — in control who will take plans to Biden, rather than what has long been a committee of equals around Biden’s kitchen table. Philip Elliott / Goffstown, Time, "After A Rocky Start in Iowa, Joe Biden Shakes Up His Campaign," 8 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With one more shutout, the Braves will equal the 2016 Cleveland Indians’ record five shutouts in a single postseason. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Braves finish off sweep of Marlins with another shutout, advance to NLCS," 8 Oct. 2020 This loss of ice would equal meters of sea level rise. Michalea King, The Conversation, "Shrinking glaciers have created a new normal for Greenland’s ice sheet – consistent ice loss for the foreseeable future," 5 Oct. 2020 Such closures would equal 13 percent of the 30.7 million small businesses that operate nationwide, as counted by the Small Business Administration. NBC News, "Misery on Main Street: COVID-19 takes a grim toll on America's small businesses," 23 Sep. 2020 But a backlog now could equal giant headaches later for people who fly internationally. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Bureaucratic Hurdle Travelers Thought They Were Done With," 16 Sep. 2020 The depth of the tread plus twice the riser height should equal 26 to 27 inches. Washington Post, "Drainage and tree roots wreak havoc on stone walkway," 14 Sep. 2020 After some discussion, the group adapted an idea proposed by Wilkins a century before—one meter would equal one ten-millionth of the distance from the North Pole to the Equator. National Geographic, "The French Revolution not only toppled a king—it also forged the metric system," 10 Sep. 2020 By the end of the year, for the first time since World War II, the U.S. government’s debt will roughly equal the size of the American economy, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. government debt will nearly equal size of economy for first time since World War II, CBO finds," 3 Sep. 2020 Win this title and the Lakers equal the Boston Celtics' record 17 NBA rings. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "NBA Finals: LeBron James finding new ways to define greatness," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of equal

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equal

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal

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Time Traveler for equal

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The first known use of equal was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Equal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equal. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for equal

equal

adjective
How to pronounce equal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality
: having the same mathematical value
: not changing : the same for each person

equal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 3)

: someone or something that is as good, skillful, valuable, etc., as another person or thing

equal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of equal (Entry 3 of 3)

used to say that one amount or number is the same as another
: to be as good as (something else)
: to produce something that is as good as (something else) or to do something as well as (someone else)

equal

adjective
\ ˈē-kwəl How to pronounce equal (audio) \

Kids Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : exactly the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality an equal share of equal importance
2 : the same for each person equal rights
3 : having enough strength, ability, or means He's equal to the task.

Other Words from equal

equally \ ˈē-​kwə-​lē \ adverb We shared the profit equally.

equal

verb
equaled or equalled; equaling or equalling

Kids Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 3)

: to be the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality as

equal

noun

Kids Definition of equal (Entry 3 of 3)

: someone or something that is as good or valuable as another

equal

adjective

Legal Definition of equal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : like in quality, nature, or status
2 : like for each member of a group, class, or society
3 : regarding or affecting all objects in the same way : impartial

equal

noun

Legal Definition of equal (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is equal

History and Etymology for equal

Adjective

Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal

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