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[ee-kwuh-lahyz] /ˈi kwəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), equalized, equalizing.
to make equal:
to equalize tax burdens.
to make uniform:
to equalize a rate of production.
Also, especially British, equalise.
Origin of equalize
1580-90; equal + -ize
Related forms
equalization, noun
nonequalization, noun
nonequalized, adjective
nonequalizing, adjective
unequalize, verb (used with object), unequalized, unequalizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for equalize
  • Now they want to come up with some law or whatever to equalize grant distribution.
  • Scientists call this phenomenon osmosis, which tends to equalize the salinity of the two solutions.
  • The popping noise you hear can help equalize the pressure inside your ear.
  • Don't build complex systems that put government in the position of trying to equalize all resources or ban all contributions.
  • It is not legitimate for the government to attempt to equalize electoral opportunities in this manner.
  • Another theory is that yawning helps equalize pressure in the middle ear with outside air pressure.
  • Wind flows from areas of higher pressure to areas of lower pressure, until the pressures equalize.
  • Opening the windows will equalize the pressure, saving the building.
  • Each layer is positioned perpendicular to the adjacent layer to equalize strain, reduce splitting, and minimize warping.
  • equalize the playing field, give the customer a voice and a choice, thank you.
British Dictionary definitions for equalize


(transitive) to make equal or uniform; regularize
(intransitive) (in sports) to reach the same score as one's opponent or opponents
Derived Forms
equalization, equalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for equalize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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