- to regard, treat, or represent as equivalent: We cannot equate the possession of wealth with goodness.
- 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.
- to reduce to an average; make such correction or allowance in as will reduce to a common standard of comparison.
Origin of equate
Related Wordsliken, relate, associate, even, represent, compare, regard, consider, level, assimilate, average, tally, parallel, square, treat, equalize, offset, pair, hold, agree
Examples from the Web for equated
Wright referred to the “autism crisis” and equated having a child with autism to “not living.”“Autism Speaks”- but Should Everyone Listen?
June 13, 2014
Agrees that illegal immigrants could be equated with ‘biological weapons’Girl Scouts and Homosexual Overtones: The Worst of Bill O’Reilly
The Daily Beast
February 21, 2014
The words at issue were when Robertson equated people having sex with animals as the same as sex between consenting gay adults.The Right’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy
December 19, 2013
She equated what she felt for God with a Proustian desire, which she agreed was “the highest point of existence.”Flannery O’Connor’s Desire for God
November 13, 2013
They equated Israeli policy with apartheid and insisted the country was built on ethnic cleansing.Why Open Zion is Closing
November 5, 2013
The accession of Theopompos was equated with that of Alcamenes by Eratosthenes.The Heroic Age
H. Munro Chadwick
It is thus the name of a Celtic sun-god, equated with Apollo in that character.
It is not clear why Mars should have been equated with this god.
It seems clear that Satyagraha cannot be equated with Christian pacifism.Introduction to Non-Violence
Our sense of the depths from which he has ascended is equated only by our appreciation of the future opening before him.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
- to make or regard as equivalent or similar, esp in order to compare or balance
- maths to indicate the equality of; form an equation from
- (intr) to be equal; correspond
Word Origin and History for equated
early 15c., from Latin aequatus "level, levelled, even," past participle of aequare "make even or uniform, make equal," from aequus "level, even, equal" (see equal (adj.)). Earliest use in English was of astrological calculation, then "to make equal;" meaning "to regard as equal" is early 19c. Related: Equated; equating.