American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make equal or equivalent.
- v. To reduce to a standard or an average; equalize.
- v. To consider, treat, or depict as equal or equivalent: equates inexperience with youth.
- v. To be or seem to be equal; correspond.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make equal or equivalent; regard or treat as equal.
- To reduce to an average; make such correction or allowance in as will reduce to a common standard of comparison, or will bring to a true result: as, to equate observations in astronomy.
- To be equal or equivalent to; equal.
- In entomology, smooth, as a surface; having no special elevations or depressions. Also equal.
- To join by the sign of equality.
- In the preparation of the running schedules for trains, to make an allowance of an imaginary increase in length of line, on account of and as an equivalent of the retardation due to curves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make equal; to reduce to an average; to make such an allowance or correction in as will reduce to a common standard of comparison; to reduce to mean time or motion
- v. make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
- v. be equivalent or parallel, in mathematics
- v. consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
- From Latin aequātus, past participle of aequō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English equaten, from Latin aequāre, aequāt-, from aequus, even, equal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How does this phone call equate to a dirty trick in any way?”
“In the global, annual mean these terms equate to roughly 100 W/m2 of energy removal from the surface and put in the atmosphere Trenberth et al., 2009.”
“Despite offering a 33% premium to Friday's closing price, Suncor's terms equate to less than nine times 2010 earnings for PetroCanada -- using stock valued at more than 12 times.”
“At the same time, it is NOT to say that they are not capable of Socialism ... although the "S" word equate with Joe McCarthy reds-under-the-bed paranoia in many North American minds forgetful of the fact that their anglophonic soul mates across "The Pond" in Olde England have embraced the "S" word without throwing themselves in sheer desperation into the River Thames because of it.”
“So let me be as clear as I can here: I'm not trying to "equate" being gay with polygamy in any way.”
“I guess this is just more gender bias in cycling, since clearly the people at "Sexy Bicycles" equate "sexy" with "stupid.”
“I do strongly agree with Keith that the messenger matters in discussing the issues of gay rights in the African American community as well as the message itself and that it is not helpful to "equate" racism and homophobia or Blacks and gays.”
“And you really want to kind of equate your car's health to your body's health.”
“In one extreme we have the now obsolete Schumer-Graham Act, asking for a 27.5% tariff to 'equate' the effect of an allegedly mis-pegged Yuan.”
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