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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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  • In other words, taxes and profits, by the operation of the laws of human nature, constantly tend to equate themselves.

  • "By God, if he should try that—to equate her from Logical into reject—" He gestured helplessly.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • We cannot equate this with a purely biological freedom or vitality, or spontaneity.

    Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn
  • It is a more serious difficulty that Paul knows of no Longobardic king with a name which we can equate with Sceaf.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Thousands of differences perplex the attempt to equate the measure of moral desert to men.

    Theoretical Ethics Milton Valentine
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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