equate

verb \ i-ˈkwāt , ˈē-ˌkwāt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of equate

equated; equating
transitive verb
1 a : 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

Examples of equate in a Sentence

  1. You shouldn't equate those two things.

  2. a value system that equates money with success

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Origin and Etymology of equate

Middle English, from Latin aequatus, past participle of aequare

equate Synonyms



EQUATE Defined for English Language Learners

equate

verb

Definition of equate for English Language Learners

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



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