\i-ˈkwāt, 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for equate


assimilate, bracket, compare, liken



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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

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Trail running—which typically equates to slower running with more elevation variation—usually means stomachs can handle different types of food and therefore follows a different race-day nutrition plan. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "The First-Time Marathoner's Guide to Fuel and Hydration for Your Marathon Training," 6 Oct. 2018 Statements by Trump are equated with comments and actions by celebrities (De Niro, Peter Fonda, Kathy Griffin) and the swearing of a congressional page. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is civility really the problem in modern political discourse?," 21 June 2018 Schools are seeing increasing numbers of children dealing with trauma, which equates to more detentions, suspensions, and even expulsions. Phil Ferolito, The Christian Science Monitor, "School initiative explores how to support students living with trauma," 2 Apr. 2018 In its top configuration, the Ren RS can supposedly drive 727 miles on about 21 gallons of diesel fuel, which equates to about 35 mpg. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Techrules’ Track-Running Ren RS Turbine-Hybrid Supercar Has 1287 HP and One Seat," 6 Mar. 2018 But repeat enough unusual events and people may equate historic levels of carbon dioxide to weird, sometimes threatening conditions. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Warming in the north continues as predicted," 23 June 2018 The spread rate, however, is much lower and equated to one-third less driving time on the main roads last year. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Berea will try 'new salt system' on winter roads," 11 May 2018 And though her party-ready look was certainly a standout, with many equating her sheer dress with a free-the-nipple-friendly frock, the languid nature of Jenner's insouciant, preparatory pose maintained a (decidedly leggy) appeal all its own. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Here's How Kendall Jenner Got Ready for a Big Night Out in New York City," 4 May 2018 The concept of equating one theory to another in a space with one fewer dimension is known to theoretical physicists as holography. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Stephen Hawking’s (almost) last paper: putting an end to the beginning of the universe," 2 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of equate

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

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something that serves to warn or remind

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