\ 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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That means a trip that would normally take 10 minutes would equate to 51 minutes, a delay of 41 additional minutes. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Before you celebrate July Fourth on Wednesday, you have to get through ‘terrible traffic’ Tuesday.," 2 July 2018 The entry level pay for a road maintenance worker climbed from $15.03 an hour last year to $15.78 under the new pay scale, equating to an annual pay of $32,824. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Higher cost of living in Kendall County presents compensation challenges for government entities," 17 May 2018 Through Sunday, Phillies games were averaging a 3.61 rating on NBC Sports Philadelphia, roughly equating to about 103,000 households. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Sixers' TV ratings up big, while Phillies' are mixed," 2 May 2018 The $80-per-day rate in Strongsville equates to slightly more than $23,000, Stewart said. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Middleburg outsources long-term jail prisoner housing to Strongsville," 30 Apr. 2018 That plus the tariffs equate to a $7,000 to $9,000 increase in the cost of constructing a new home, a cost that is transferred almost directly to homebuyers at a time when demand remains high. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 But many people equate the two, in part because to viewers, the FBS college game looks like the pro game. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 The adjustment should equate to about a $3.18 credit for a residential customer who uses the industry standard of 1,000 kilowatt hours a month. Jim Turner, miamiherald, "FPL customers should see a refund on their bill in August," 10 July 2018 In the statement, Conrad equated the two groups, despite calling the Occupy ICE protesters peaceful on Friday evening. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "City moves to squeeze Occupy ICE Louisville protest's camp," 7 July 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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equate to

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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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