Definition of equivalent in English:

equivalent

adjective

  • 1Equal in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.

    ‘one unit is equivalent to one glass of wine’
    • ‘An equivalent amount of normal saline was added to control tubes in lieu of enzyme solution and processed similarly.’
    • ‘They just wanted me to donate, monthly, the equivalent amount to half a bag of tea-bags.’
    • ‘In return, any project that has benefited from the fund must spend the equivalent amount with creative businesses in Wales.’
    • ‘All they were obliged to do was to return an equivalent amount.’
    • ‘These credits can be applied to medical services at Woodhull for an equivalent dollar value.’
    • ‘An equivalent amount of energy would be necessary to split the atom apart.’
    • ‘We will panic about being unable to afford to replace the boiler and then, on impulse, book a weekend in Ibiza that costs the equivalent amount.’
    • ‘Humans would have to eat two cloves of raw garlic a day to obtain the equivalent amount of allicin given to rats in the study.’
    • ‘This gives the equivalent amounts of income respondents are prepared to give up or accept for a change in the level of another characteristic.’
    • ‘But hang on to the receipt in case you want to exchange it for something of equivalent value in case you don't need that day or you've had it before.’
    • ‘Of course, in that event, the broker would be unlikely to have paid the equivalent amount to the customer either.’
    • ‘Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.’
    • ‘Had he bought another home for his retirement within the city he would have paid the entire amount for an equivalent property.’
    • ‘Negative controls used equivalent amounts of RNA not subjected to reverse transcription.’
    • ‘The structure has eight cylindrical tubes that store the equivalent amount to that of moneybags.’
    • ‘But if nothing came to fruition, a fall of an equivalent amount could be on the cards.’
    • ‘Meat substitutes generally contain less protein than an equivalent amount of meat.’
    • ‘In return, the lessee gives one-third of the harvest or something of equivalent value to the owner.’
    • ‘As such, nominal practice selling prices are higher than equivalent cash values.’
    • ‘Add the equivalent amount of sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved.’
    equal, identical
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    1. 1.1equivalent to Having the same or a similar effect as.
      ‘some regulations are equivalent to censorship’
      • ‘Should I set out on such a journey, equivalent to sailing round the world single handed in a rowboat?’
      • ‘That is equivalent to the admission requirements of some Oxford and Cambridge colleges.’
      • ‘Aids currently causes deaths equivalent to the Holocaust every two years.’
      • ‘This is equivalent to three bin bags of rubbish per household of four or less people.’
      • ‘An hour of walking in a pair of these trainers or sandals is apparently equivalent to three hours of hard exercise at the gym.’
      • ‘If other countries invade Syria, would that be in any way equivalent to Poland?’
      • ‘They are being asked to donate funds equivalent to a food or drink item from their establishment.’
      • ‘It seems somewhat equivalent to winning the midweek and weekend Lottery in the same week.’
      • ‘The shortfall next year alone would be equivalent to 4p on the basic rate of income tax.’
      • ‘A two-week holiday in school time is equivalent to nearly half a day a week of teaching for two terms.’
      • ‘Asking any other sector to give us a viable price for our produce is equivalent to begging.’
      • ‘The effect is equivalent to always rejecting the face-up card that is passed to you.’
      • ‘Each day, the race is the equivalent to running six continuous marathons with only nine litres of water.’
      • ‘When he reaches the top of that he shadow boxes, all the while wearing a burden equivalent to a quarter of his own body weight.’
      • ‘This Mr Whitton presents to us as roughly equivalent to St Francis giving his possessions to the poor.’
      • ‘Additionally, the effect of watching fish was determined to be equivalent to the effect of hypnosis.’
      • ‘Every parent who wants one is given a voucher equivalent to the money that would be spent on educating his or her child.’
      • ‘That is equivalent to the same life reduction you would expect from smoking.’
      • ‘The income was equivalent to a two per cent council tax hike, Coun Galloway said.’
      • ‘It was equivalent to approving violent actions to suppress our freedom of speech.’
      equivalent to, equal to, amounting to, as good as, more or less, synonymous with, virtually the same as, much the same as, comparable to, on a par with, commensurate with, along the lines of, as serious as, identical to
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    2. 1.2Mathematics Belonging to the same equivalence class.
      • ‘1 is equivalent to 16, because both have remainder 1 when you divide by three, but 2 is NOT equivalent to 7 because 2 has remainder 2, but 7 has remainder 1.’
      • ‘A is equivalent to A for all A in the set of upper case Latin characters.’

noun

  • 1A person or thing that is equal to or corresponds with another in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.

    ‘the French equivalent of the Bank of England’
    • ‘Any idea without an exact equivalent in sterling or status is automatically suspect and marks you as a fool.’
    • ‘The area sealed off is the equivalent to one quarter of the whole country, which shares a border with Iraq.’
    • ‘Marias opens the piece by talking about how some phrases just don't have a similar equivalent in other languages.’
    • ‘In some instances this can amount up to the equivalent of two monthly premiums for the same portfolio.’
    • ‘India was at last ready for a swadeshi equivalent to the New York or London Review of Books.’
    • ‘The difference between the expected value and the certainty equivalent is the risk premium for the gamble.’
    • ‘The carnival is the equivalent to a big match day in terms of manpower, although it is usually peaceful.’
    • ‘This amount is the equivalent of one part per billion in weight.’
    • ‘Of course, words in one language don't always have exact equivalents in another.’
    • ‘Money, the means of expression of value as a symbolic equivalent, is comparable, Marx said, to language.’
    • ‘That sum is the equivalent to the entire GDP of all the countries in question.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is just the modern day equivalent to the old Charabanc trip to the sea side.’
    • ‘This is surely the media equivalent to saying that the sun revolves around the earth.’
    • ‘That is the equivalent to two dentists a week quitting NHS service in the area.’
    • ‘There is no tram equivalent to the National Railway Museum in York, but at least we have the pictures.’
    • ‘This second form of value is basically the equivalent of a signifying chain in semiotics.’
    • ‘We need urgently to develop our own homegrown equivalent to drive forward change.’
    • ‘The singers looked and sounded as if they weren't trying awfully hard - as if this was the musical equivalent of a gentle stroll in the park.’
    • ‘Opting out is the equivalent to handing back to your employer some of your rightful wages.’
    • ‘This amount is the equivalent today to about $750, but in terms of rupees it is not an insignificant sum.’
    counterpart, parallel, alternative, match, complement, analogue, double, twin, opposite number
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  • 2Chemistry
    The mass of a particular substance that can combine with or displace one gram of hydrogen or eight grams of oxygen, used in expressing combining powers, especially of elements.

    • ‘The equivalent of a substance is the mass which supplies or consumes one mole of another substance in a reaction.’
    • ‘Methanol content was related to galacturonic acid equivalents on a mol basis to calculate degree of methylesterification.’
    • ‘There go four equivalents of carbon monoxide into your blood cells, and there's only so long you can keep that up.’
    • ‘It is defined as the number of equivalents of solute per volume of solution in liters.’
    • ‘The OEC accumulates the four oxidizing equivalents that are required for water oxidation.’

Origin

Late Middle English (describing persons who were equal in power or rank): via Old French from late Latin aequivalent- ‘being of equal worth’, from the verb aequivalere, from aequi- ‘equally’ + valere ‘be worth’.

Pronunciation

equivalent

/ɪˈkwɪv(ə)l(ə)nt/