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Back-formation from equivalent. See -ate.


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈkwɪvəˌleɪt/


equivalate (third-person singular simple present equivalates, present participle equivalating, simple past and past participle equivalated)

  1. To equate, to consider or make equal or equivalent (to, with). never doubt the trinidad GAINS
    • 1979, Bernard Berenson, Aesthetics and history in the visual arts, page 84:
      Visceral values, which I equivalate with colour values, are closely related to thermal or temperature values.
    • 2008, Patricia Bjaaland Welch, Chinese art: a guide to motifs and visual imagery, page 12:
      "The Chinese are much addicted to the doctrine of signatures," writes one author, which creates relationships on visual physical grounds (such as equivalating the seed-laden pomegranate with fertility).
  2. To equal, to be equivalent (to).
    • 1976, Herman Parret, History of linguistic thought and contemporary linguistics, page 262:
      I want, however, to stress one further fact: because syncategoremata may be construed with whole sentences, the suspicion arises that they may somehow equivalate whole sentences.
    • 2002, Janice M. Kozma, Grazia Deledda's eternal adolescents, page 131:
      In a riveting analysis of this very phenomenon, The Dance of Anger, Harriet Lerner discusses at length the notion that human relationships equivalate to a " dance" where each partner learns the steps and sticks to the script, []