[ ih-kweyt ]
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verb (used with object),e·quat·ed, e·quat·ing.
  1. to regard, treat, or represent as equivalent: We cannot equate the possession of wealth with goodness.

  2. to state the equality of or between; put in the form of an equation: to equate growing prosperity with the physical health of a nation.

  1. to reduce to an average; make such correction or allowance in as will reduce to a common standard of comparison.

Origin of equate

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin aequātus (past participle of aequāre to make equal), equivalent to aequ(us) equal + -ātus-ate1

Other words from equate

  • e·quat·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • e·quat·a·ble, adjective
  • un·e·quat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for equate


/ (ɪˈkweɪt) /

verb(mainly tr)
  1. to make or regard as equivalent or similar, esp in order to compare or balance

  2. maths to indicate the equality of; form an equation from

  1. (intr) to be equal; correspond

Origin of equate

C15: from Latin aequāre to make equal

Derived forms of equate

  • equatable, adjective
  • equatability, noun

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