\ 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 for equate


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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That equates to a roughly 16x jump in training speed. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating quickly," 12 Dec. 2018 The traditional Japanese company equated output with hours, and thus employees worked long overtime even if those extra hours weren’t especially productive, says Yoko Ishikura, Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University. Greg Ip, WSJ, "How Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy," 11 Jan. 2019 It was priced at $500,000, which equated to more than $3 million in today’s dollars. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A $43 Million Opportunity to Recreate a Historic Manhattan Duplex," 10 Dec. 2018 But that comparison, which equates Kavanaugh to Tom Robinson, the black man who stood accused in the novel, fails to account for the significant differences between the men or the historical nuances of the allegations against them. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A radio ad invoked lynchings to court black voters. It did not go over well.," 19 Oct. 2018 Stockholders reportedly questioned the staggering number — which equates to approximately 20,000 of the brand’s iconic trench coats — asking why the products weren’t offered to the company’s private investors. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Burberry bans fur, stops destroying unsold goods," 6 Sep. 2018 Rothing suggested a tax of $1 per every $1,000 of the sale price, which would equate to $500 on a $500,000 home. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Bannockburn considers adding real estate transfer tax," 2 July 2018 Because population growth and an able workforce are two main drivers for economic growth, a lower birth rate means fewer future workers, which equates to fewer future taxpayers and contributors to social security and Medicare. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Does the lowest U.S. birth rate in three decades pose a risk to the economy?," 1 June 2018 Since January there have been at least two dozen school shootings across the nation, which, according to CNN, equates to at least one school shooting per week so far. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "A Kid Reporter Had Sarah Huckabee Sanders Near Tears When He Questioned Her About School Shootings," 30 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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English Language Learners Definition of equate

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

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