\ 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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But all this signaling through advertising doesn’t equate to meaningful action or accountability on these issues. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "What It's Like to Stay at a $300-a-Night Crystal-Filled Social Justice Hotel," 10 July 2019 Fundraising success, however, does not equate to votes, and the race is still in the early stages. Washington Post, "Trump, Buttigieg escalate cash battle with impressive hauls," 2 July 2019 Fundraising success, however, does not equate to votes, and the race is still in the early stages. Brian Slodysko, Indianapolis Star, "Pete Buttigieg outraised Democratic front-runner Joe Biden — but there's a catch," 27 June 2019 On education, the fact that Southern states spend less per pupil than other regions doesn’t mean the South is underinvesting in education; higher spending levels don’t equate to better educational outcomes. WSJ, "The Economy of the South Is Just Fine, Y’all," 26 June 2019 That equates to an area of rainforest larger than one and a half soccer fields being destroyed every minute of every day. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "Amazon destruction accelerates 60% to one and a half soccer fields every minute," 2 July 2019 In real numbers, that equates to fewer than 75 people out of nearly 1,700 employees at the company’s Portland, Oregon campus. Marc Bain, Quartz at Work, "Black Americans are the faces of Adidas, but missing from its leadership," 19 June 2019 Morrison: While mass ticket sales and television deals may not exist yet, teams can and have negotiated their own media deals and have taken a share in other online revenue that would equate to traditional ticket sales. Washington Post, "Debate: What does a fair esports contract look like? It’s complicated.," 18 June 2019 Spread among Goodyear's nearly 84,000 residents, that equates to $1,934 for every man, woman and child. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "What metro Phoenix city spends the most per resident? See how your city ranks," 18 June 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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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 desired as essential

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