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Equivalate is not a word. Something can be "Equal" to another; something can be "Equivalent" to another. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

You describe an adjective - this definition is a verb. The term is found in books going back as far as 1889, and has close to 5000 Google hits.

I reverted your changes to the article because adding comments to a definition is not how to handle concerns about the validity of a term. The proper procedure can be found at Requests for Verification -Versageek 01:35, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

  • Can we use it in this sense?:

"If a student is going to change specialization, he should equivalate his old courses with the new ones?" If it is correct, can we add that to the entry?

The OED hasn't recognised it as a word, which probably means that they regard it as an error for "equate". Of course, that doesn't mean that Wikipedia has to do the same. Some of the 313 hits in Google Books are probably errors where the author meant equate, but others seem to have a slightly more specific meaning of "be equivalent to". A few are just comments on the word being used in error. We probably have enough genuine usages to justify an entry, but we should indicate that it is non-standard. Dbfirs 14:07, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

RFV discussion: September 2011–March 2012[edit]

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There are four senses shown. The meanings seem to be partially redundant. There are no citations and no OneLook dictionary besides us and UD has the word. UD has but one sense. We need citations. DCDuring TALK 23:55, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

Given the definitions found from a quick Google search, I'm baffled as to what was wrong with the perfectly serviceable word equate that would prompt someone to come up with a term as tortured as equivalate... -- Eiríkr Útlendi | Tala við mig 00:10, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
Who knows? But the adjectives equal and equivalent can be distinguished, so it is not much of a stretch to think equate and equivalate could be distinguished. DCDuring TALK 03:29, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
I agree; if no other difference is intended, equivalate is probably intended to carry the connotations of equivalent. (Also, IFYPFY.) I doubt some of the senses, though. - -sche (discuss) 19:18, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
Alright, I'll set about citing this over the next week or so, and find out which senses are supported. - -sche (discuss) 07:28, 1 March 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done - -sche (discuss) 03:41, 2 March 2012 (UTC)