\ 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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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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The Kitchen is smart enough not to simply equate female empowerment with crime, but whatever price the characters must pay for their newfound clout, the sacrifice is never truly felt. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kitchen': Film Review," 7 Aug. 2019 Americans tend to equate terrorism with Islamic extremism and, in today’s polarized environment, with Muslims. Alex Ward, Vox, "Buttigieg’s plan to combat domestic terrorism," 7 Aug. 2019 At the same time, however, Biden’s nostalgia for his pragmatic former alliances with segregationist lawmakers bespeaks a foreshortened moral compass, one prone to equate bigotry with collegial rascalry. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "The Destructive Politics of White Amnesia," 6 Aug. 2019 That needs to equate to 20-plus points a game for Denver to keep progressing. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Top NBA duos: Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton lead the Next 5," 23 July 2019 Still, David doesn't want people to equate creating music with a relationship. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's Birth Charts Reveal If a Shamila Romance is Actually in Our Future," 11 July 2019 Messages on at least one of the fliers appeared to equate Nazism with Zionism and the state of Israel. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Hate crimes targeting Jews and Latinos increased in California in 2018, report says," 3 July 2019 Tough not to equate the name 'Jared Lorenzen' with our #1 biggest rival, Highlands. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Support rolling in for Highlands, UK, New York Giants legend Jared Lorenzen," 2 July 2019 Kathleen Sgamma of the Western Energy Alliance said in an email that federal lands account for a fraction of the country’s oil and natural gas production, so equating it with EU countries is a flawed analysis. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Trump administration’s push for energy production on public lands would increase Colorado’s emissions, report finds," 17 July 2019

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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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