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

Examples of equilibrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine," 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, "Trump wanted lower oil prices, but now he's meeting with industry executives to discuss how to raise prices," 9 Mar. 2020 This allowed the debris to evenly mix and equilibrate, producing the body's current spherical shape. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Collision liquified the 4th-largest asteroid, turning it into a dwarf planet," 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, "Ocean acidification, explained," 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, "First Support for a Physics Theory of Life," 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, "Time’s Arrow Traced to Quantum Source," 16 Apr. 2014 These conditions equilibrated to an icy world with a furrow around the equator. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Europa’s future: A runaway greenhouse," 1 Aug. 2017

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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

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