[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 :
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.
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

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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