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[ee-kwuh-lahyz] /ˈi kwəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), equalized, equalizing.
to make equal:
to equalize tax burdens.
to make uniform:
to equalize a rate of production.
Also, especially British, equalise.
Origin of equalize
First recorded in 1580-90; equal + -ize
Related forms
equalization, noun
nonequalization, noun
nonequalized, adjective
nonequalizing, adjective
unequalize, verb (used with object), unequalized, unequalizing. Unabridged
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  • The flesh side of the leather is then pared with the moon-knife, or in the shaving machine, to equalise the thickness.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • No human repentance is enough to equalise deadly sin and be fruitful.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • The land and water are better mixed on Mars than on the earth—a fact which tends to equalise the climate.

    A Trip to Venus John Munro
  • It was all the youth's friends could do in order to equalise the chances.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • A spiral slip of platina foil immersed in the liquid may tend to equalise its ebullition.

  • His aim had been to try to equalise things a little, and this by way of reverence.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • I thought none but the devil himself could equalise me for inward wickedness and pollution of mind.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • A shilling or two were sufficient to equalise the balance against all the weight of my heroism and patriotic ardour together.

  • Though they have no tendency to equalise powers of achievement, they tend to produce an artificial equality of expectation.

    A Critical Examination of Socialism William Hurrell Mallock
  • I thought none but the devil could equalise me for inward wickedness; and thus I continued a long while, even some years together.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
British Dictionary definitions for equalise


(transitive) to make equal or uniform; regularize
(intransitive) (in sports) to reach the same score as one's opponent or opponents
Derived Forms
equalization, equalisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for equalise



1580s, from equal + -ize. Related: Equalized; equalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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