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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Choose the Right Synonym for equal

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who condemned the attacks on Monday, said the violence was frustrating government efforts to showcase South Africa as a country of equal opportunities. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigerians return home, fleeing xenophobic attacks in South Africa," 13 Sep. 2019 The amount of money those entities could apply for would be equal to 80% of the revenue lost in the first year, and would decline by 10% a year for six more years. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona coal communities could get federal aid for closure of Navajo mine, power plant," 12 Sep. 2019 But all things being equal, money can be a powerful incentive to do the right thing. Christina Mallon, Quartz at Work, "The disabled community is the world’s third-largest economic power," 10 Sep. 2019 The collapse itself is unpredictable; the wave function assigns a number to each possible outcome, and the probability of observing that outcome is equal to the value of the wave function squared. Quanta Magazine, "Where Quantum Probability Comes From," 9 Sep. 2019 The smallest distance that can be seen through devices such as a microscope is equal to half the wavelength of the light used. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Crazy Powerful Optical Ruler Measures All the Way Down to the Nanoscale," 6 Sep. 2019 King, who was at the time the defending champion, had threatened to boycott the tournament if the prize values for the women's competitors weren't equal to the mens and the organizers ultimately gave in. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How the U.S. Open Changed the History of Tennis," 1 Sep. 2019 But shuffling school buildings and programs is just the start of the district’s work to bring equal opportunities and resources to neighborhoods across Hartford, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez says. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "A rousing welcome for new Milner Middle marks first day of school in Hartford," 27 Aug. 2019 Will that make a difference in creating equal opportunities for women in pro cycling? Kathryn Bertine, Outside Online, "It's Time for Pro Cycling to Treat Women Equally," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dog breeding and dog shows are among the few sports in which men and women — as owners, trainers, and handlers — can compete as equals. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 Fundamentally, these men do not see women as equals. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "This (Wo)Man’s Work," 19 July 2019 Suggesting the two are equals in any way would have been ridiculous 12 months ago, and remains ridiculous now, with Pogba possessing a clear pedigree that the Newcastle man can't yet come close to. SI.com, "Man Utd Preparing £30m Bid for Sean Longstaff 'This Week' as Red Devils Step Up Pursuit of Toon Star," 7 July 2019 For over 100 years Sunnyvale has had a council of equals—seven at-large council members who select the mayor selected from within their ranks. Mei-ling Shek-stefan, The Mercury News, "No directly elected mayor for Sunnyvale," 18 Aug. 2019 Last Friday, viewers of Giants-Brewers got treated to a matchup of equals, so to speak. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Why Isn't Mookie Betts a Household Name? It's Complicated," 16 July 2019 Passive’s prophets primarily presume active equals stock-picking. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "What the best approach to boost your 401(k)? Active, passive or a little of both?," 21 July 2019 But Sorkin scrapped the idea and Bartlet became, if not the central figure in the series, certainly a kind of first among equals. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Watching 'The West Wing' 20 years later can be depressing and hopeful," 19 July 2019 The two countries of disparate size and wealth had become, in effect, soccer equals. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Gets Another Shot at Trinidad and Tobago," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That forest part equals 60 percent of the area of the United States. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Global economics play out in Brazil," 1 Sep. 2019 Yelich hit two home runs, tying for the major league lead with 41, Ryan Braun smacked two as well and the Brewers equaled their franchise record with seven. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thames’ HR in 14th, Yelich’s 2 help Brewers beat Nats 15-14," 18 Aug. 2019 The Revolution took a 4-1 victory over Orlando City SC Saturday night, equaling a team record with their 11th game without a defeat. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution run unbeaten streak to 11 games," 27 July 2019 Morgan’s five goals equaled a record for a Women’s World Cup game set by Michelle Akers of the United States in 1991. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Takes Apart Thailand and the Record Book at the Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Morgan was the star of the show, with her five goals in one game equalling the record for a player in a World Cup match set by her compatriot Michelle Akers, and taking her to 106 in total for her country on her 164th appearance. chicagotribune.com, "Morgan scores five as USA open World Cup defence with record victory," 11 June 2019 This is the sixth season Messi has finished as the top La Liga scorer, equaling a record held by Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra from the 1950s. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Messi hits 50 goals for Barca, Madrid ends season to forget," 19 May 2019 Thompson, a 5-foot-7 junior guard from Dimond High, equaled the record for 3-point accuracy in a single game. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Lights-out shooting by Thompson fuels UAA women’s win over Billings," 7 Jan. 2018 JR Richard and Randy Johnson are the only Astros to ever equal that feat. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Roberto Osuna blows Astros' rally, Orioles walk off in series finale win," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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equal

adjective

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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