[ ee-kwuh-lahyz ]
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verb (used with object),e·qual·ized, e·qual·iz·ing.
  1. to make equal: to equalize tax burdens.

  2. to make uniform: to equalize a rate of production.

Origin of equalize

First recorded in 1580–90; equal + -ize
  • Also especially British, e·qual·ise .

Other words from equalize

  • e·qual·i·za·tion, noun
  • non·e·qual·i·za·tion, noun
  • non·e·qual·ized, adjective
  • non·e·qual·iz·ing, adjective
  • un·e·qual·ize, verb (used with object), un·e·qual·ized, un·e·qual·iz·ing.

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How to use equalize in a sentence

  • Though they have no tendency to equalise powers of achievement, they tend to produce an artificial equality of expectation.

    A Critical Examination of Socialism | William Hurrell Mallock
  • His aim had been to try to equalise things a little, and this by way of reverence.

    The Browning Cyclopdia | Edward Berdoe
  • The land and water are better mixed on Mars than on the earth—a fact which tends to equalise the climate.

    A Trip to Venus | John Munro
  • Competition would equalise, but would not lower profits, for 'the productive powers of manufactures are constantly increasing.'

  • I thought none but the devil himself could equalise me for inward wickedness and pollution of mind.

    Bunyan Characters | Alexander Whyte

British Dictionary definitions for equalize



/ (ˈiːkwəˌlaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to make equal or uniform; regularize

  2. (intr) (in sports) to reach the same score as one's opponent or opponents

Derived forms of equalize

  • equalization or equalisation, noun

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