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[ih-kweyt] /ɪˈkweɪt/
verb (used with object), equated, equating.
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.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin aequātus (past participle of aequāre to make equal), equivalent to aequ(us) equal + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
equatability, noun
equatable, adjective
unequated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Nobody could as yet explain to me how entropy became equated with disorder.
  • In financial markets, the word is nearly always equated with information disclosure.
  • Economic nationalism in a wartime economy cannot be equated with the rejection of capitalism.
  • First, because it has equated sustainable development with narrow environmentalism it has a built-in bias against growth.
  • Because giving good grading gets equated with good teaching.
  • Nor can consciousness be equated with self-awareness.
  • Until then, scientists had equated sleep with flicking off a desk lamp.
  • But he intentionally failed to file the form, prosecutors said, a crime that equated to money laundering.
  • Newspeople equated these efforts with the reservoir of trust that sustained them-their credibility.
  • Instead, scores that have been equated can be used interchangeably.
British Dictionary definitions for equated


verb (mainly transitive)
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
(intransitive) to be equal; correspond
Derived Forms
equatable, adjective
equatability, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aequāre to make equal
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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.

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