equal

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English equal, from Latin aequālis. Doublet of aequalis and egal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈiːkwəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːkwəl

Adjective[edit]

equal (not generally comparable, comparative more equal, superlative most equal)

  1. (not comparable) The same in all respects.
    Equal conditions should produce equal results.
    All men are created equal.
    • 1705, George Cheyne, The Philosophical Principles of Religion Natural and Revealed
      They who are not disposed to receive them may let them alone or reject them; it is equal to me.
  2. (mathematics, not comparable) Exactly identical, having the same value.
    All right angles are equal.
  3. (obsolete) Fair, impartial.
  4. (comparable) Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.
    This test is pretty tough, but I think I'm equal to it.
  5. (obsolete) Not variable; equable; uniform; even.
    an equal movement
  6. (music) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; not mixed.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In mathematics, this adjective can be used in phrases like "A and B are equal", "A is equal to B", and, less commonly, "A is equal with B".
  • The most common comparative use is the ironic expression more equal.

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Verb[edit]

equal (third-person singular simple present equals, present participle (Commonwealth) equalling or (US) equaling, simple past and past participle (Commonwealth) equalled or (US) equaled)

  1. (mathematics, copulative) To be equal to, to have the same value as; to correspond to.
    Two plus two equals four.
  2. (transitive) To make equivalent to; to cause to match.
    • 2004, Mary Levy and Jim Kelly, Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?:
      There was an even more remarkable attendance figure that underscores the devotion exhibited by our fans, because it was in 1991 that they set a single season in-stadium attendance record that has never been equaled.
    David equaled the water levels of the bottles, so they now both contain exactly 1 liter.
  3. (informal) To have as its consequence.
    Losing this deal equals losing your job.
    Might does not equal right.

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Noun[edit]

equal (plural equals)

  1. A person or thing of equal status to others.
    We're all equals here.
    This beer has no equal.
    • 1712 January 4 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “MONDAY, December 24, 1711”, in The Spectator, number 256; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volume III, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
      Those who were once his equals envy and defame him.
    • 2005, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler, On Grief and Grieving, →ISBN, page 150:
      They had hoped their son, a stockbroker, would marry a financial equal, but Suzette, a teacher, did not come from money.
  2. (obsolete) State of being equal; equality.

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  • (person or thing of equal status to others): peer

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin aequālis, of unknown origin. Doublet of egal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛːkwal/, /ɛːˈkwaːl/

Adjective[edit]

equal (Late Middle English)

  1. identical in amount, extent, or portion
  2. even or smooth (of surface)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: equal
  • Scots: aiqual

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