equilibrate

verb

equil·​i·​brate i-ˈkwi-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce equilibrate (audio)
equilibrated; equilibrating

transitive verb

: to bring into or keep in equilibrium : balance

intransitive verb

: to bring about, come to, or be in equilibrium
equilibration noun
equilibrator noun
equilibratory adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Margins have started coming back down to average, and sign prices are following as the market begins to equilibrate. Alex Kinnier, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 For one thing, there is no world gas market that causes prices to equilibrate the way there is for oil—or coal, wheat, lobsters, etc. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 30 June 2022 But unlike a diamond, this prethermal time crystal is not forever; if the experiment ran for long enough, the system would gradually equilibrate and the cyclical behavior would break down. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 There is no magic formula that says value and growth stocks must equilibrate. Mike Bird, WSJ, 10 May 2021 Once the pressure equilibrated to zero across the outer hatch door, the men pushed it open and swam the remaining 20 vertical feet between them, sunlight, and safety. Rachel Lance, Wired, 7 Apr. 2020 The longer the crisis continues, and if supply and demand do not equilibrate, the more energy jobs could be in jeopardy. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2020 This allowed the debris to evenly mix and equilibrate, producing the body's current spherical shape. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 29 Oct. 2019 Oceans acidify in the blink of a geologic eye In the late 1700s, the oceans had equilibrated to be slightly alkaline, with a pH of about 8.1—roughly the same level of acidity as an egg white. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Equilibrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equilibrate. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

equilibrate

verb

equil·​i·​brate i-ˈkwil-ə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce equilibrate (audio)
equilibrated; equilibrating

transitive verb

: to bring into or keep in equilibrium

intransitive verb

: to bring about, come to, or be in equilibrium
equilibration noun
equilibratory adjective

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