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## e·qual

(ē′kwəl)
1. Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.
2. Mathematics Being the same or identical to in value.
3.
a. Having the same privileges, status, or rights: citizens equal before the law.
b. Being the same for all members of a group: gave every player an equal chance to win.
4.
a. Having the requisite qualities, such as strength or ability, for a task or situation: "Elizabeth found herself quite equal to the scene" (Jane Austen).
b. Similar to or the same as another, as in ability: As the playoffs began, the teams were considered roughly equal.
n.
One that is equal to another: These two models are equals in computing power.
tr.v. e·qualed, e·qual·ing, e·quals or e·qualled or e·qual·ling
1. To be equal to, especially in value.
2. To do, make, or produce something equal to: equaled the world record in the mile run.

[Middle English, from Latin aequālis, from aequus, even, level.]

Usage Note: It has been argued that equal is an absolute term—two quantities either are or are not equal—and hence cannot be qualified as to degree. Therefore one cannot logically speak of a more equal allocation of resources among the departments. But this usage is fairly common, and was acceptable to 71 percent of the Usage Panel as far back as 1967. Objections to the more equal construction assume that the mathematical notion of equality is appropriate to the description of a world where the equality of two quantities is often an approximate matter, and where statements of equality are always relative to an implicit standard of tolerance. In The two boards are of equal length, we assume that the equality is reckoned to some order of approximation determined by the context; if we did not, we would be required always to use nearly equal when speaking of the dimensions of physical objects. What is more, we often speak of the equality of things that cannot be measured quantitatively, as in The college draft was introduced in an effort to make the teams in the National Football League as equal as possible, or The candidates for the job should all be given equal consideration. In such cases, equality is naturally a gradient notion and can be modified in degree. This much is evident from the existence of the word unequal, for the prefix un- attaches only to gradient adjectives. We say unmanly but not unmale; and the word uneven can be applied to a surface (whose evenness may be a matter of degree) but not to a number (whose evenness is an either/or affair). · The adverb equally is often regarded as redundant when used in combination with as, as in Experience is equally as valuable as theory or Aptitude is essential; but equally as important is the desire to learn. In our 2015 ballot, the example sentences above were deemed unacceptable by 64 percent and 53 percent of the Usage Panel respectively. Even among those Panelists who rated the sentences as acceptable, there were several who commented that it would be preferable to avoid the redundancy for stylistic reasons. Fortunately, one can easily streamline sentences such as these, as by deleting equally from the first example and as from the second. See Usage Notes at absolute, as1, center, perfect, unique.

## equal

(ˈiːkwəl)
1. (often foll by: to or with) identical in size, quantity, degree, intensity, etc; the same (as)
2. having identical privileges, rights, status, etc: all men are equal before the law.
3. having uniform effect or application: equal opportunities.
4. evenly balanced or proportioned: the game was equal between the teams.
5. (usually foll by to) having the necessary or adequate strength, ability, means, etc (for): to be equal to one's work.
6. (Mathematics) another word for equivalent3a
n
a person or thing equal to another, esp in merit, ability, etc: he has no equal when it comes to boxing.
vb, equals, equalling or equalled, equals, equaling or equaled
7. (tr) to be equal to; correspond to; match: my offer equals his.
8. (usually foll by: out) to become equal or level
9. (tr) to make, perform, or do something equal to: to equal the world record.
10. (tr) archaic to make equal
[C14: from Latin aequālis, from aequus level, of obscure origin]
Usage: The use of more equal as in from now on their relationship will be a more equal one is acceptable in modern English usage. Equally is preferred to equally as in sentences such as reassuring the victims is equally important. Just as is preferred to equally as in sentences such as their surprise was just as great as his

## e•qual

(ˈi kwəl)

adj., n., v. e•qualed, e•qual•ing (esp. Brit.) e•qualled, e•qual•ling. adj.
1. as great as; the same as (often fol. by to or with).
2. like or alike in quantity, degree, value, etc.
3. of the same rank, ability, merit, etc.: two students of equal brilliance.
4. evenly proportioned or balanced: an equal contest.
5. uniform in operation or effect: equal laws.
6. adequate or sufficient in quantity or degree.
7. having adequate ability or means; suited: I felt equal to the task.
8. level, as a plain.
9. tranquil or undisturbed.
10. impartial or equitable.
n.
11. a person or thing that is equal.
v.t.
12. to be or become equal to; meet or match, as in value.
13. to make or do something equal to: to equal someone else's achievements.
14. Archaic. to make equal; equalize.
15. Obs. to recompense fully.
[1350–1400; < Latin aequālis equal, like]
usage: See unique.

## equal

Past participle: equalled
Gerund: equalling

Imperative
equal
equal
Present
I equal
you equal
he/she/it equals
we equal
you equal
they equal
Preterite
I equalled
you equalled
he/she/it equalled
we equalled
you equalled
they equalled
Present Continuous
I am equalling
you are equalling
he/she/it is equalling
we are equalling
you are equalling
they are equalling
Present Perfect
I have equalled
you have equalled
he/she/it has equalled
we have equalled
you have equalled
they have equalled
Past Continuous
I was equalling
you were equalling
he/she/it was equalling
we were equalling
you were equalling
they were equalling
Past Perfect
Future
I will equal
you will equal
he/she/it will equal
we will equal
you will equal
they will equal
Future Perfect
I will have equalled
you will have equalled
he/she/it will have equalled
we will have equalled
you will have equalled
they will have equalled
Future Continuous
I will be equalling
you will be equalling
he/she/it will be equalling
we will be equalling
you will be equalling
they will be equalling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been equalling
you have been equalling
he/she/it has been equalling
we have been equalling
you have been equalling
they have been equalling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been equalling
you will have been equalling
he/she/it will have been equalling
we will have been equalling
you will have been equalling
they will have been equalling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been equalling
you had been equalling
he/she/it had been equalling
we had been equalling
you had been equalling
they had been equalling
Conditional
I would equal
you would equal
he/she/it would equal
we would equal
you would equal
they would equal
Past Conditional
I would have equalled
you would have equalled
he/she/it would have equalled
we would have equalled
you would have equalled
they would have equalled
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## equal

1. a population having equal numbers of men and women
identical
2. Women demand equal rights with men.
fair
3. even, balanced, fifty-fifty (informal), evenly matched, evenly balanced, evenly proportioned an equal contest
even
4. (with to) capable of, up to, ready for, suitable for, fit for, strong enough for, good enough for, sufficient for, adequate for, competent to She wanted to show she was equal to any test they gave her.
noun
1. She was one of the boys, their equal.
verb
1. amount to, make, come to, total, balance, agree with, level, parallel, tie with, equate, correspond to, be equal to, square with, be tantamount to, equalize, tally with, be level with, be even with The average pay rise equalled 1.41 times inflation.
amount to be different, disagree with, be unequal to
2. be equal to, match, reach, rival, come up to, be level with, be even with The victory equalled Scotland's best in history.
3. be as good as, match, compare with, equate with, measure up to, be as great as No amount of money can equal memories like that.

## equal

1. Agreeing exactly in value, quantity, or effect:
Idioms: on a par, one and the same.
2. Having the necessary strength or ability:
3. Just to all parties:
noun
One that is very similar to another in rank or position:
verb
1. To be equal or alike:
Informal: stack up.
2. To be equivalent or tantamount:
Idiom: have all the earmarks.
3. To do or make something equal to:
Translations
مُساوٍمُساوٍ لِنَظيريُساوِييُساوي، يُعادِل
stejnýrovnat se
ligelige-ligemandudlignevære lig med
sama
olla tasavertainensamasamanlainentasavertainenvertainen
ravnopravanujednačiti
jafnjafngildajafningi
･･･に等しい等しい
...과 같다같은
būti lygiamlygybėpo lygiaisulygintivienodas
līdzīgslīdzinātieslīdzinieksvienāds
egal
enakizenačiti
betydajämbördiglikvara lik
ซึ่งเท่ากันทำให้เท่าเทียมกัน
eşiteşit olmakeşitlemekakranaynı
bằng nhaubằng với

## equal

[ˈiːkwəl]
1. (= identical in size, value) [number, amount] → igual
the cake was divided into twelve equal partsel pastel estaba dividida en doce partes iguales
to be of equal importance/value
with equal ease/indifferencecon igual or la misma facilidad/indiferencia
to come equal first/second (in competition) → compartir el primer/segundo puesto; (in race) → llegar ambos en primer/segundo lugar
to be equal in sth they are equal in strengthson igual de fuertes, tienen la misma fuerza
they are equal in sizeson del mismo tamaño, son iguales de tamaño
they are equal in value
on equal termsde igual a igual
all or other things being equal
an amount equal to half your salary
to be equal to sth (= equivalent) → equivaler a algo
his silence was equal to an admission of guilt
a metre is equal to 39 inchesun metro equivale a 39 pulgadas
she is equal to her mother in intelligencees tan inteligente como su madre, es igual de inteligente que su madre
we are all equal before or in the eyes of Godtodos somos iguales a los ojos de Dios
2. (= capable)
to be/feel equal to sth I'm confident that he is equal to the tasktengo la seguridad de que está capacitado para desempeñar la tarea
she did not feel equal to going outno se sentía con fuerzas or ánimo para salir
she was equal to the situationestaba a la altura de la situación
B. N
1. (= person) → igual mf
she is his equalella es su igual
she has no equalno hay nadie que se la iguale
they are intellectual equals
to treat sb as an equaltratar a algn de igual a igual
2. (= thing) to have no equal; be without equal
the film has no equal in cinema history
a talent without equalun talento sin igual or sin par
C. VT
1. (Math) → ser igual a
let x equal ysi x es igual a y, suponiendo que x sea igual a y
two plus two equals fourdos y dos son cuatro
2. [+ record, rival, quality] → igualar
there is nothing to equal itno hay nada que se le iguale, no hay nada que lo iguale
prices not to be equalled
D. CPD equal opportunities NPLigualdad fsing de oportunidades
Equal Opportunities Commission N (Brit) → Comisión f para la Igualdad de Oportunidades
equal opportunities or opportunity employer N
equal pay N
equal pay for equal workigual salario or el mismo salario para el mismo trabajo
equal rights NPLigualdad fsing de derechos
equals sign, equal sign N (Math) → signo m de igual
equal time N (US) (Rad, TV) →

## equal

[ˈiːkwəl]
(= the same) [number, importance] → égal(e)
to be of equal importance → être d'importance égale
to be equal in size
They are roughly equal in size → Ils sont à peu près de la même taille.
to be equal to (= the same as) → être égal à
(when talking about possible developments) all things being equal, other things being equal → toutes choses égales d'ailleurs
(= capable) to be equal to doing sth → être de taille à faire qch, être capable de faire qch
to be equal to a task →
(= capable of satisfying) to be equal to a demand → pouvoir répondre à une attente
négal(e) m/f
sb's intellectual equal → l'égal intellectuel de qn
to be sb's equal → être l'égal de qn
to have no equal (= be unrivalled) → ne pas avoir son pareil(sa)(le)
vt
(= total) → égaler
79 minus 14 equals 65 → 79 moins 14 égalent 65.
(= be as good as) → égaler
to equal sth for sth [+ speed, excitement] → égaler qch pour ce qui est de qch
Few cars can equal a Ferrari for speed → Il y a peu de voitures qui puissent égaler une Ferrari pour ce qui est de la vitesse.

## equal

(= identical) parts, number, value, importance etcgleich; an equal amount of landgleich viel Land; equal numbers of men and womengleich viele Männer und Frauen; A and B are of equal valueA hat den gleichen Wert wie B; to be of equal importancegleich wichtig sein; to be equal in size (to)gleich groß sein (wie); two halves are equal to one wholezwei Halbe sind gleich ein Ganzes; a is equal to ba ist gleich b; an amount equal to the purchase priceeine dem Kaufpreis entsprechende Summe; with equal enthusiasmmit gleich großer Begeisterung; other things being equalwenn nichts dazwischenkommt; education is a good thing, other things being equalBildung an sich ist etwas Gutes
(= without discrimination) opportunities, rights, pay, accessgleich; equal opportunities (for men and women)Chancengleichheit f(für Männer und Frauen); equal rights for womendie Gleichberechtigung der Frau; on equal terms or an equal footing (meet, compete); (= under the same conditions)unter den gleichen Bedingungen; to be on equal terms (with somebody)(mit jdm) gleichgestellt sein; to put somebody on an equal footing (with somebody)jdn (mit jdm) gleichstellen; the relationship should be put on a more equal footingdas Verhältnis sollte eines unter Gleichgestellten werden; all men are equal, but some are more equal than others (hum)alle Menschen sind gleich, nur einige sind gleicher (hum)
(= capable) to be equal to the situation/taskder Situation/Aufgabe gewachsen sein; to feel equal to somethingsich zu etw imstande or im Stande or in der Lage fühlen
n
(in rank) → mf; she is his equalsie ist ihm ebenbürtig; our equalsunseresgleichen; to treat somebody as an equal; to have no equalnicht seinesgleichen haben; (= be unsurpassed)unübertroffen sein
equals pl (US: = pay) → Bezahlung f, → Entlohnung f
vi three times three equals ninedrei mal drei (ist) gleich neun; let x equal 3wenn x gleich 3 ist, x sei (gleich) 3
vt
(= match, rival)gleichkommen (+dat); he equalled (Brit) or equaled (US) his brother in generosityer kam seinem Bruder an Großzügigkeit gleich; not to be equalled (Brit) or equaled (US) → unvergleichlich; (= unsurpassed)unübertroffen; this show is not to be equalled (Brit) or equaled (US) by any otherdiese Show hat nicht ihresgleichen; there is nothing to equal itnichts kommt dem gleich
(Math) 2 times 3 equals 62 mal 3 ist (gleich) 6; x is equal to or greater/less than 10x ist größer/kleiner (oder) gleich zehn

## equal

[ˈiːkwl]
1. adj equal (to)uguale (a)
an equal amount of time →
to be equal in strength → avere la stessa forza
all things being equal → se tutto va bene
with equal ease/indifference → con la stessa facilità/indifferenza
on equal terms → su un piano di parità
to be/feel equal to (task) → essere/sentirsi all'altezza di
2. n (person, thing) → pari m/f inv, simile m/f, uguale m/f
without equal → senza pari
3. vt (Math) → fare; (record, rival) → uguagliare
there is nothing to equal it → non ha rivali

## equal

the same in size, amount, value etc. four equal slices; coins of equal value; Are these pieces equal in size? Women want equal wages with men.
noun
one of the same age, rank, ability etc. I am not his equal at running.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈequalled , (American) ˈequaled
to be the same in amount, value, size etc. I cannot hope to equal him; She equalled his score of twenty points; Five and five equals ten.
equality (iˈkwoləti) noun
the state of being equal. Women want equality of opportunity with men.
ˈequalize, ˈequalise verb
to make or become equal. Our team were winning by one goal – but the other side soon equalized.
All are equally good; He divided his chocolate equally between us.
equal to
fit or able for. I didn't feel equal to telling him the truth.

## equal

rovnat se, stejný lige, være lig med olla tasavertainen, tasavertainen ravnopravan, ujednačiti ･･･に等しい, 等しい ...과 같다, 같은 jämbördig, vara lik ซึ่งเท่ากัน, ทำให้เท่าเทียมกัน bằng nhau, bằng với

## equal

a. igual; parejo-a; uniforme;
___ rightsigualdad de derechos;
References in classic literature ?
Our Soldiers and Lowest Classes of Workmen are Triangles with two equal sides, each about eleven inches long, and a base or third side so short (often not exceeding half an inch) that they form at their vertices a very sharp and formidable angle.
According to calculation," replied Barbicane, "the fall would develop a heat equal to that produced by 16,000 globes of coal, each equal in bulk to our terrestrial globe.
But as it is evidently better, that these should continue to exercise their respective trades; so also in civil society, where it is possible, it would be better that the government should continue in the same hands; but where it [1261b] is not (as nature has made all men equal, and therefore it is just, be the administration good or bad, that all should partake of it), there it is best to observe a rotation, and let those who are their equals by turns submit to those who are at that time magistrates, as they will, in their turns, alternately be governors and governed, as if they were different men: by the same method different persons will execute different offices.
Honest and truthful in intellectual matters, he could not even think that men are equal.
It is the character bestowed on them by the laws under which they live; and it will not be denied, that these are the proper criterion; because it is only under the pretext that the laws have transformed the negroes into subjects of property, that a place is disputed them in the computation of numbers; and it is admitted, that if the laws were to restore the rights which have been taken away, the negroes could no longer be refused an equal share of representation with the other inhabitants.
Then all their jewels, their rings and bracelets, necklets and crowns were brought, but they, too, were equal.
For military science to say this is like defining momentum in mechanics by reference to the mass only: stating that momenta are equal or unequal to each other simply because the masses involved are equal or unequal.
The agreement was that they were to run a distance of a hundred paces with equal weights; and when the challenger was asked how the weights were to be equalised he said that the other, as he weighed nine stone, should put eleven in iron on his back, and that in this way the twenty stone of the thin man would equal the twenty stone of the fat one.
The union is composed of seven coequal and sovereign states, and each state or province is a composition of equal and independent cities.
Ned Land was a Canadian, with an uncommon quickness of hand, and who knew no equal in his dangerous occupation.
Each of the aforesaid quantities is said to be equal or unequal.
Allow them," said Jupiter, "to enjoy an empty honor and to assume the badge of your nobler sex, so long as they are not your equals in strength or courage.

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