- to regard, treat, or represent as equivalent: We cannot equate the possession of wealth with goodness.
- to state the equality of or between; put in the form of an equation: to equate growing prosperity with the physical health of a nation.
- to reduce to an average; make such correction or allowance in as will reduce to a common standard of comparison.
Origin of equate
Examples from the Web for equate
Producers often tend to equate harder-hitting crime stories with a city setting – from Cracker and Prime Suspect to Luther.British Crime Dramas Explore the Dark Side of Small Town Life
September 13, 2013
It may be hard to equate John Kerry now with the same man in 2004 and 1971.Kerry vs. Kerry? It’s Not Simply Partisan Hypocrisy on Syria
September 6, 2013
Those ships he speaks of equate to jobs at shipyards, the planes to jobs at Boeing/Lockeed/etc.Foreign Policy Debate Live-Blog
October 23, 2012
Standard courses in economics talk about the law of demand and supply, where prices are determined to equate the two.Joseph Stiglitz: The 99 Percent Wakes Up
Joseph E. Stiglitz
May 2, 2012
It takes a strange mentality to equate that with a seriously ill human being.The Republicans Are Now the Stupid Party
November 6, 2008
"By God, if he should try that—to equate her from Logical into reject—" He gestured helplessly.We're Friends, Now
One could not equate human ethics with the ethics of the Cytha.The World That Couldn't Be
Clifford Donald Simak
It is a more serious difficulty that Paul knows of no Longobardic king with a name which we can equate with Sceaf.Beowulf
R. W. Chambers
No one aware of the dynamics of work and life today can equate the notion of majority with democracy.The Civilization of Illiteracy
The difficulty for Germany was, how to equate her world-wide ambitions with the restricted and diverse aims of Austria and Italy.The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)
John Holland Rose
- to make or regard as equivalent or similar, esp in order to compare or balance
- maths to indicate the equality of; form an equation from
- (intr) to be equal; correspond
Word Origin and History for equate
early 15c., from Latin aequatus "level, levelled, even," past participle of aequare "make even or uniform, make equal," from aequus "level, even, equal" (see equal (adj.)). Earliest use in English was of astrological calculation, then "to make equal;" meaning "to regard as equal" is early 19c. Related: Equated; equating.