verb (used with object), e·qualed, e·qual·ing or (especially British) e·qualled, e·qual·ling.
- equal employment opportunity commission,
- equal opportunities commission,
- equal opportunity,
- equal pay,
- equal protection of the laws
Origin of equal
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|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Both parties are now equal opportunity offenders when it comes to gaming the system.
But it never has been the site of equal mercy, and it never will be.
But the fact of the matter is the equal protection they cling to is not the reality.
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|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Borasdine and I were of equal height, and neither measured a hair's breadth less than six feet.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
The Bœotians alleged that there was no law permitting women to act as judges; an equal number of men were therefore chosen.
The vibration should be equal at the slightest oscillation of the balance as well as during the longer arcs.Rules and Practice for Adjusting Watches|Walter J. Kleinlein
In the case of a tie the stakes are divided between the two or more players who have an equal number.Round Games with Cards|W. H. Peel
From his time to that of Anselm no teacher of equal eminence arose in the Church.
verb equals, equalling or equalled or US equals, equaling or equaled
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with equal
- equal to
- other things being equal
- separate but equal