verb (used with object), e·qual·ized, e·qual·iz·ing.

to make equal: to equalize tax burdens.
to make uniform: to equalize a rate of production.

Also especially British, e·qual·ise.

Origin of equalize

First recorded in 1580–90; equal + -ize
Related formse·qual·i·za·tion, nounnon·e·qual·i·za·tion, nounnon·e·qual·ized, adjectivenon·e·qual·iz·ing, adjectiveun·e·qual·ize, verb (used with object), un·e·qual·ized, un·e·qual·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for equalise

Historical Examples of equalise

  • No human repentance is enough to equalise deadly sin and be fruitful.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • It was all the youth's friends could do in order to equalise the chances.

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

  • To equalise things, Ainsmith of Claflin fumbled for almost as much.

    Left Tackle Thayer

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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

British Dictionary definitions for equalise




(tr) to make equal or uniform; regularize
(intr) (in sports) to reach the same score as one's opponent or opponents
Derived Formsequalization or equalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for equalise



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

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