equilibrate

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

Definition of equilibrate

transitive verb

: to bring into or keep in equilibrium : balance

intransitive verb

: to bring about, come to, or be in equilibrium

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Other Words from equilibrate

equilibration \ i-​ˌkwi-​lə-​ˈbrā-​shən How to pronounce equilibrate (audio) \ noun
equilibrator \ i-​ˈkwi-​lə-​ˌbrā-​tər How to pronounce equilibrate (audio) \ noun
equilibratory \ i-​ˈkwi-​lə-​brə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce equilibrate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of equilibrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This tendency to equilibrate, like a cup of coffee cooling to room temperature, is the most familiar outcome of the second law of thermodynamics, which says that energy constantly spreads and the entropy of the universe always increases. Quanta Magazine, 16 June 2019 The room eventually equilibrates with the outside environment, and the environment drifts even more slowly toward equilibrium with the rest of the universe. Quanta Magazine, 16 Apr. 2014

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First Known Use of equilibrate

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 26 Sep. 2021.

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equilibrate

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

Medical Definition of equilibrate

transitive verb

: to bring into or keep in equilibrium

intransitive verb

: to bring about, come to, or be in equilibrium

Other Words from equilibrate

equilibration \ -​ˌkwil-​ə-​ˈbrā-​shən How to pronounce equilibrate (audio) \ noun
equilibratory \ -​ˈkwil-​ə-​brə-​ˌtōr-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce equilibrate (audio) \ adjective

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