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Dictionary Definition

equal adj
1 well matched; having the same quantity, value, or measure as another; "on equal terms"; "all men are equal before the law" [ant: unequal]
2 equal in amount or value; "like amounts"; "equivalent amounts"; "the same amount"; "gave one six blows and the other a like number"; "an equal number"; "the same number" [syn: like, equivalent, same] [ant: unlike] n : a person who is of equal standing with another in a group [syn: peer, match, compeer]

Verb

1 be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!" [syn: be] [ant: differ]
2 be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents" [syn: touch, rival, match]
3 make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; "let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors" [syn: match, equalize, equalise, equate] [also: equalling, equalled]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

aequalis

Pronunciation

  • /ˈiːkwəl/, /"i:kw@l/

Adjective

  1. The same in all respects.
    Equal conditions should produce equal results.
  2. In the context of "mathematics|notcomparable": Exactly identical, having the same value.
    All right angles are equal.
  3. Unvarying, fair.
    The treatment of students in this school is very equal.
  4. Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.
    This test is pretty tough, but I think I'm equal to it.
    • 1881, Jane Austen, Emma, p. 311
      her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning, the superior intelligence, of those five letters so arranged.

Translations

the same in all respects
mathematics: exactly identical
unvarying, fair

Verb

  1. To be equal to, to have the same value as.
    Two plus two equals four.
  2. To have as its consequence.
    Losing this deal equals losing your job.

Translations

be equal to
informal: have as its consequence

Noun

  1. A person or thing of equal status to others.
    We're all equals here.
    This beer has no equal.

Synonyms

Related terms

Translations

person or thing of equal status to others

Extensive Definition

Equal commonly refers to a state of equality.
Equal may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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