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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).
    • 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, []