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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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  • Sarmiento equates the sinking nutrients in the ocean to leaves falling off trees.
  • 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.
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  • Whatever word you want to use, biologically it equates to stress.
  • The undercurrent to the whole debate is our need to change the perspective that directly equates consumption with prosperity.
  • The public often equates the best science with the biggest questions.
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British Dictionary definitions for equates


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 equates



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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