\ 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
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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Equate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equate. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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