\ 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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Examples of equate in a Sentence

You shouldn't equate those two things. a value system that equates money with success
Recent Examples on the Web Different ancient cultures have various stories about that band, but many of them equate it with heaven and the life after our earthly existence. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: Heavenly Halloween hauntings," 27 Oct. 2019 But don’t make the mistake of equating vulnerability with harmlessness. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Linda Vista’ Review: A Womanizer Who Devastates as He Charms," 10 Oct. 2019 Twitter critics pounced on him for equating Tripp’s example with the current case, which centers on an allegation that Trump improperly solicited the help of a foreign leader to investigate a political rival. John Buysse, Fortune, "Lindsey Graham Accidentally Gets Linda Tripp Trending on Twitter After Defending Trump," 28 Sep. 2019 The authorities used the rebellion as a pretext to arrest innocent socialists all over Oklahoma and permanently destroy the socialist movement in the state by equating it with treason and violent anarchy. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 Democrats disagreed on whether eliminating private insurance equates to taking away people’s choice. al, "Democrats lob early attack on Sanders and Warren at Detroit debate," 30 July 2019 Omar has been sharply criticized for equating support for Israel with allegiance to a foreign power, among other remarks. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Trump renews attack on minority congresswomen; congressman offers sharp rebuke," 21 July 2019 With four best-of-seven rounds in the Stanley Cup playoffs, a team could potentially play 28 total games, which equates to more than a third of a regular season. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Changing of the guard — All-Star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on display as Florida Panthers open training camp," 13 Sep. 2019 This was the case for around four percent of the 2018 data, which equates to some 14.4 million events. Michael Peterson, National Geographic, "Record-breaking lightning as long as Kansas spotted," 22 Aug. 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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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