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equalize

[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.
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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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equalize

equalise

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

v.

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

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