\ 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 business also sells powders so that people can make their own shakes at home that equates to a cost of about $4 per day. cleveland.com, "Village Nutrition," 7 June 2019 The posts include some that equate Muslims with terrorists, make light of claims of police brutality and support killing refugees and criminals. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Dallas police reviewing officers' social media after report reveals hundreds of racist, Islamophobic posts," 6 June 2019 Due to inflation, that equates to 40 percent less buying power today. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "We Need to Talk About Syphilis," 28 May 2019 Over a 99 year lease period that would equate to more than a billion dollars. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego says it could miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars on stadium development," 27 June 2018 His 21 barrels — a metric created by MLB’s Statcast that measures balls that are hit with an exit velocity and launch angle that equates to at least a .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage — rank 42nd among 264 major-league hitters. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Why the Phillies' Carlos Santana uses so much pine tar," 24 June 2018 The storm caused a dip in property values that equated to about an $8 million loss of revenue from Humble ISD’s $455.8 million 2018-19 budget, according to Mike Seale, the district’s chief financial officer. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s 2018-19 budget includes 153 new staff positions," 20 June 2018 While that equates to the calories in a small cookie, Gottlieb says, the impact compounded over weeks and months can deliver a large benefit. Phil Galewitz, CNN, "Obamacare's calorie count rules go into effect," 7 May 2018 There are the 280-character bursts that equate undocumented immigrants to criminals storming the border. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "For DACA recipients, Trump’s tweetstorms can be panic-inducing," 9 Apr. 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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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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