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 equalize

Contemporary Examples of equalize

  • JUDNICK: The immediate supremacist reaction is to equalize everything.

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    The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting

    Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard

    December 10, 2014

  • They have high quality child care, and political party quotas to equalize the number of men and women running for office.

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    Can the Gender Gap Be Solved?

    Kay Hymowitz

    April 22, 2014

  • Far from pushing “undemocratic” legislation, Yisrael Beytenu has attempted to push legislation that will equalize Israeli society.

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    The Truth About Yisrael Beytenu

    Hamad Amar

    November 9, 2012

Historical Examples of equalize

British Dictionary definitions for equalize




(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 equalize

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

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