Definition of equivalent in English:

equivalent

adjective

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

    ‘one unit is equivalent to one glass of wine’
    • ‘Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.’
    • ‘In return, any project that has benefited from the fund must spend the equivalent amount with creative businesses in Wales.’
    • ‘This gives the equivalent amounts of income respondents are prepared to give up or accept for a change in the level of another characteristic.’
    • ‘They just wanted me to donate, monthly, the equivalent amount to half a bag of tea-bags.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add the equivalent amount of sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved.’
    • ‘Meat substitutes generally contain less protein than an equivalent amount of meat.’
    • ‘As such, nominal practice selling prices are higher than equivalent cash values.’
    • ‘These credits can be applied to medical services at Woodhull for an equivalent dollar value.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Had he bought another home for his retirement within the city he would have paid the entire amount for an equivalent property.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All they were obliged to do was to return an equivalent amount.’
    • ‘In return, the lessee gives one-third of the harvest or something of equivalent value to the owner.’
    • ‘An equivalent amount of energy would be necessary to split the atom apart.’
    • ‘But if nothing came to fruition, a fall of an equivalent amount could be on the cards.’
    • ‘Of course, in that event, the broker would be unlikely to have paid the equivalent amount to the customer either.’
    • ‘An equivalent amount of normal saline was added to control tubes in lieu of enzyme solution and processed similarly.’
    equal, identical
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    1. 1.1equivalent to Having the same or a similar effect as.
      ‘some regulations are equivalent to censorship’
      • ‘They are being asked to donate funds equivalent to a food or drink item from their establishment.’
      • ‘Asking any other sector to give us a viable price for our produce is equivalent to begging.’
      • ‘That is equivalent to the admission requirements of some Oxford and Cambridge colleges.’
      • ‘An hour of walking in a pair of these trainers or sandals is apparently equivalent to three hours of hard exercise at the gym.’
      • ‘This is equivalent to three bin bags of rubbish per household of four or less people.’
      • ‘If other countries invade Syria, would that be in any way equivalent to Poland?’
      • ‘Aids currently causes deaths equivalent to the Holocaust every two years.’
      • ‘It was equivalent to approving violent actions to suppress our freedom of speech.’
      • ‘It seems somewhat equivalent to winning the midweek and weekend Lottery in the same week.’
      • ‘Every parent who wants one is given a voucher equivalent to the money that would be spent on educating his or her child.’
      • ‘This Mr Whitton presents to us as roughly equivalent to St Francis giving his possessions to the poor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Additionally, the effect of watching fish was determined to be equivalent to the effect of hypnosis.’
      • ‘Should I set out on such a journey, equivalent to sailing round the world single handed in a rowboat?’
      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’
    • ‘India was at last ready for a swadeshi equivalent to the New York or London Review of Books.’
    • ‘Opting out is the equivalent to handing back to your employer some of your rightful wages.’
    • ‘Any idea without an exact equivalent in sterling or status is automatically suspect and marks you as a fool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is just the modern day equivalent to the old Charabanc trip to the sea side.’
    • ‘This second form of value is basically the equivalent of a signifying chain in semiotics.’
    • ‘The area sealed off is the equivalent to one quarter of the whole country, which shares a border with Iraq.’
    • ‘This is surely the media equivalent to saying that the sun revolves around the earth.’
    • ‘That sum is the equivalent to the entire GDP of all the countries in question.’
    • ‘There is no tram equivalent to the National Railway Museum in York, but at least we have the pictures.’
    • ‘That is the equivalent to two dentists a week quitting NHS service in the area.’
    • ‘Money, the means of expression of value as a symbolic equivalent, is comparable, Marx said, to language.’
    • ‘We need urgently to develop our own homegrown equivalent to drive forward change.’
    • ‘Marias opens the piece by talking about how some phrases just don't have a similar equivalent in other languages.’
    • ‘This amount is the equivalent today to about $750, but in terms of rupees it is not an insignificant sum.’
    • ‘The difference between the expected value and the certainty equivalent is the risk premium for the gamble.’
    • ‘In some instances this can amount up to the equivalent of two monthly premiums for the same portfolio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The carnival is the equivalent to a big match day in terms of manpower, although it is usually peaceful.’
    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.’
    • ‘There go four equivalents of carbon monoxide into your blood cells, and there's only so long you can keep that up.’
    • ‘Methanol content was related to galacturonic acid equivalents on a mol basis to calculate degree of methylesterification.’
    • ‘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/