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.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin aequātus (past participle of aequāre to make equal), equivalent to aequ(us) equal + -ātus -ate1

equatability, noun
equatable, adjective
unequated, adjective
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equate (ɪˈkweɪt)
1.  to make or regard as equivalent or similar, esp in order to compare or balance
2.  maths to indicate the equality of; form an equation from
3.  (intr) to be equal; correspond
[C15: from Latin aequāre to make equal]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from L. aequatus, pp. of aequare "make even or uniform, make equal," from aequus "level, even, equal." Earliest use in English was of astrological calculation, then "to make equal;" meaning "to regard as equal" is early 19c.
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Example sentences
Sarmiento equates the sinking nutrients in the ocean to leaves falling off
In the fisherman's arithmetic, that equates to a lot of seafood not going into
  his nets.
She equates her dogs fear of storms to an event that brought down a tree in her
  yard in the winter, during heavy snow.
Smart memory management equates to snappier performance.
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