\ i-ˈkwāt How to pronounce equate (audio) , ˈē-ˌkwāt \
equated; equating

Definition of equate

transitive verb

1a : to make equal : equalize
b : to make such an allowance or correction in as will reduce to a common standard or obtain a correct result
2 : to treat, represent, or regard as equal, equivalent, or comparable equates disagreement with disloyalty

intransitive verb

: to correspond as equal

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Examples of equate in a Sentence

You shouldn't equate those two things. a value system that equates money with success
Recent Examples on the Web Republic is capped at raising $8 million through the sale, which could equate to about 68 million tokens, Nguyen said. Matthew Leising, Bloomberg.com, "Crypto Push by Republic Investment Platform Sparked by New Token," 26 June 2020 For this project that would equate to an annual salary of $74,050, according to documents filed with the comptroller’s office. Dallas News, "To lure Tesla, a Travis County ISD could grant $68 million in property tax breaks," 18 June 2020 But Holladay seemed to equate anger over his posts with an endorsement of the destructive behavior that has accompanied some of the mostly peaceful protests in larger cities. oregonlive, "Oregon City mayor under fire after social media posts downplaying police brutality against African Americans," 8 June 2020 Those moments give cover to President Trump and anyone else who wants to equate a mostly peaceful, righteous movement with something scary and nefarious. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Help this country heal, or get out of the way," 4 June 2020 Scoring two runs, each on a sacrifice fly, normally doesn’t equate to memorable baseball. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "June 3, 2004: A’s top Toronto in 11 innings for third straight walk-off win," 3 June 2020 Albert Einstein equated the force of gravity with curves in the space-time continuum, but the curvature grows so extreme near a black hole’s center that Einstein’s equations break. Quanta Magazine, "Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Fundamental Link Between Energy and Order," 28 May 2020 Chevron’s cuts equate to about 6,000 of its 45,000 non-gas station employees. Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg.com, "Chevron Sees Job Cuts of Up to 15%, Affecting Thousands," 26 May 2020 Legislative salaries equate to $4,200 a month or $50,400 a year. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Legislative daily allowances continued to be paid after Alaska lawmakers recessed over coronavirus concerns," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of equate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for equate

Middle English, from Latin aequatus, past participle of aequare

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The first known use of equate was in the 15th century

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30 Jun 2020

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“Equate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equate. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of equate

: to say or think that (two things) are equal or the same

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