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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.
Origin of equate
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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Examples from the web for equate
  • The last part is the hardest: what is the appropriate balance between the desire to equate and inefficiency that it induces.
  • It is a common fallacy to equate the recently revived art of the countertenor with the presumably unrevivable art of the castrato.
  • Professional letters do not equate with dry and boring.
  • However, strong leadership does not equate to bullying and murdering your own people.
  • If two stimuli are delivered at exactly the same time, even snails will equate the stimuli.
  • The latter interpretation, even if it doesn't match consumers' expectations, doesn't necessarily equate to fraud.
  • But biological changes don't necessarily equate to a health risk.
  • It is a bone you could equate to a keystone of an arch-the stone that keeps an arch from falling in on itself.
  • Finally, you shrug when someone remarks that it may not be a good idea to equate soup with freedom of speech.
  • It has long been a cliché that muscle bulk doesn't equate to intelligence.
British Dictionary definitions for equate


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 equate

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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