\ 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 Still, Mackenzie helped to make an important point for the prosecution, testifying that MPD officers are not trained to equate a person’s ability to talk with them being able to breathe. Washington Post, "Derek Chauvin used unauthorized neck restraint on George Floyd, training officer testifies," 6 Apr. 2021 However, for China to equate our human-rights records is absurd and antithetical to historical fact. WSJ, "China Lacks the Credibility to Bully the U.S.," 26 Mar. 2021 With the campaign and other initiatives, Valentino is seeking to equate its designs with eloquence and poetic rigor. New York Times, "Kaia, Kendall and EmRata Are Taking a Page From Oprah," 9 Mar. 2021 Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at Renmin University in Beijing, interprets the U.S. preoccupation with the Xinjiang reeducation camps, for example, as a cynical attempt to equate China to Nazi Germany. Time, "There Are Mounting Calls for a Boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Will It Be Effective?," 9 Mar. 2021 Equally relevant, data clearly evidences that one’s home is the single most important determinant of health outcomes, a fact that’s leading many consumers to equate a healthier home with lower medical bills and fewer health problems. John Mcmanus, Forbes, "Sensors Star In Mayo Clinic, Delos, KB Pilot Amid Healthier New Home Goldrush," 1 Mar. 2021 With 700,000 AstraZeneca doses injected in Australia since early March, the two cases equate to a clotting frequency of 1-in-350,000, the regulator said. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australia rules out adding J&J vaccine to inoculation plan," 13 Apr. 2021 Conversions are tricky, but that winning 100 time of 10.7 seconds would equate to sub-4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Craig Young’s split identity may push Ohio State football toward its hybrid future on defense," 7 Apr. 2021 Higher deep-frying temperatures—say, 400 degrees instead of 325—usually equate to less oil absorption, because there’s more steam pushing to get out and blocking the oil from absorbing into the food. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "The Complete Guide to Air Fryers," 7 Apr. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Equate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equate. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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