- as great as; the same as (often followed by to or with): The velocity of sound is not equal to that of light.
- like or alike in quantity, degree, value, etc.; of the same rank, ability, merit, etc.: two students of equal brilliance.
- evenly proportioned or balanced: an equal contest.
- uniform in operation or effect: equal laws.
- adequate or sufficient in quantity or degree: The supply is equal to the demand.
- having adequate powers, ability, or means: He was equal to the task.
- level, as a plain.
- tranquil or undisturbed: to confront death with an equal mind.
- impartial or equitable.
- a person or thing that is equal.
- to be or become equal to; meet or match: So far the rate of production doesn't equal the demand. If A equals B and B equals C, then A equals C.
- to make or do something equal to: No matter how he tries, he can't equal his brother's achievements.
- Archaic. to make equal; equalize.
- Obsolete. to recompense fully.
Origin of equal
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Examples from the Web for equal
Taraji manages to bring an equal measure of truth to the mother in her character.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
Both parties are now equal opportunity offenders when it comes to gaming the system.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
But it never has been the site of equal mercy, and it never will be.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
But the fact of the matter is the equal protection they cling to is not the reality.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
They had more than enough to build fabulous new domiciles that surely at least equal their wildest dreams.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
These laws are general and their administration should be uniform and equal.
If formed on equal and just principles, it can not be oppressive.
When your obstinacy is equal to any other person's passion, blame not your brother.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
In Vienna, L. 11,000 a-year is equal to twice the sum in England.
For the cause of just fraternity, and the equal rights of man.
- (often foll by to or with) identical in size, quantity, degree, intensity, etc; the same (as)
- having identical privileges, rights, status, etcall men are equal before the law
- having uniform effect or applicationequal opportunities
- evenly balanced or proportionedthe game was equal between the teams
- (usually foll by to) having the necessary or adequate strength, ability, means, etc (for)to be equal to one's work
- another word for equivalent (def. 3a)
- a person or thing equal to another, esp in merit, ability, etche has no equal when it comes to boxing
- (tr) to be equal to; correspond to; matchmy offer equals his
- (intr usually foll by out) to become equal or level
- (tr) to make, perform, or do something equal toto equal the world record
- (tr) archaic to make equal
Word Origin and History for equal
late 14c., from Latin aequalis "uniform, identical, equal," from aequus "level, even, just," of unknown origin. Parallel formation egal (from Old French egal) was in use late 14c.-17c. The noun is recorded from 1570s.
1580s, "compare, liken," also "match, rival," from equal (adj.). Related: Equaled; equaling.