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[ih-kwil-uh-breyt, ee-kwuh-lahy-breyt, ek-wuh-] /ɪˈkwɪl əˌbreɪt, ˌi kwəˈlaɪ breɪt, ˌɛk wə-/
verb (used with object), equilibrated, equilibrating.
to balance equally; keep in equipoise or equilibrium.
to be in equilibrium with; counterpoise.
verb (used without object), equilibrated, equilibrating.
to be in equilibrium; balance.
Origin of equilibrate
1625-35; < Late Latin aequilībrātus, past participle of aequilībrāre to be in equilibrium; see -ate1
Related forms
equilibration, noun
equilibrator, noun
unequilibrated, adjective Unabridged
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  • They have to take their drug of choice to feel normal, to equilibrate their neural circuitry, to simply exist without it.
  • Allow sufficient time for the chilled water to equilibrate with the air.
  • There are non-centralized ways to equilibrate a labor market.
  • Place the probe in the sample and wait for the meter to equilibrate.
  • Some liquids rapidly equilibrate the dissolved gas with the gas above it.
  • Consequently, the establishment allows the temperature to equilibrate before taking a final temperature.
  • The pore solution was allowed to thermally equilibrate overnight in a volumetric flask.
  • They were allowed to equilibrate overnight at room temperature.
  • They were allowed to equilibrate at room temperature overnight.
  • The oxygen in solution will equilibrate with the oxygen in the surrounding atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for equilibrate


/ˌiːkwɪˈlaɪbreɪt; ɪˈkwɪlɪˌbreɪt/
to bring to or be in equilibrium; balance
Derived Forms
equilibration (ˌiːkwɪlaɪˈbreɪʃən; ɪˌkwɪlɪ-) noun
equilibrator (ɪˈkwɪlɪˌbreɪtə) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin aequilībrāre, from aequilībris in balance; see equilibrium
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