i-ˈkwāt How to pronounce equate (audio)
equated; equating

transitive verb

: to make equal : equalize
: to make such an allowance or correction in as will reduce to a common standard or obtain a correct result
: 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

You shouldn't equate those two things. a value system that equates money with success
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Word History


Middle English, from Latin aequatus, past participle of aequare

First Known Use

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

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

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“Equate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equate. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


equated; equating
: to make or treat as equal or equivalent

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