- 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 equates
He equates them to the Sicilian Mafia, a criminal group within the population of Sicilians.American Gypsies Are a Persecuted Minority That Is Starting to Fight Back
December 22, 2013
The Daily Pic: Mike Kelley equates insanity and creativity, then negates the equation.Artists are Madmen! (Or maybe not)
November 26, 2013
Finally, Munayyer equates Palestinian violence with Israeli violence.Should Israel Meet The Quartet Conditions?
June 12, 2013
He equates reduced hours to reduced Church attendance and life that exists only on the Internet.Should We Rejoice a Post-Work Future? Ctd.
February 25, 2013
It equates someone who decides to tell the world they're voting Meretz with someone who decides to tell the world they're gay.Israeli Left Searches For Its "Tendencies"
December 12, 2012
In the sentence immediately preceding that just quoted he equates the transcendental self with the notion of object in general.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Norman Kemp Smith
- 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 equates
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.