\ 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 People often equate heart-healthy recipes with boring, bland meals but this doesn't always have to be the case. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 8 May 2022 Will Luc's high-volume sessions equate to more gains, or will Lennard show more visible results due to giving his muscles time to recover? Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 1 May 2022 So many of us equate our salaries and pay with our worth. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 Those demotions equate to $3,450 less in prize money for Porsild and $1,000 less for Phillips. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2022 Adding fuel to the fire, many folks equate migraine with the average headache—but as anyone who has spent hours hiding in a dark room can attest, a migraine is so much more than that. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 22 Feb. 2022 Many people equate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with joint pain—and that makes sense, since this inflammatory disease attacks healthy tissue in the joints, leading to swelling and reduced mobility. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 1 Feb. 2022 Stewart and Lee began to equate the attack on Capitol Hill with unrest in U.S. cities following the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 And this, in turn, will equate to more long-term success. Tyler Martin, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Equate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equate. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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