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
verb equals, equalling or equalled or US equals, equaling or equaled
Word Origin for equal
1580s, "compare, liken," also "match, rival," from equal (adj.). Related: Equaled; equaling.
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.
Adequate or fit in ability or extent, as in I'm not sure I'm equal to the task. [Late 1600s] Also see feel up to; up to.
In addition to the idioms beginning with equal
- equal to
- other things being equal
- separate but equal