Definition of equalize in US English:


(British equalise)


[with object]
  • 1Make the same in quantity, size, or degree throughout a place or group.

    ‘incentives to equalize funding for school districts’
    • ‘Harvey could have done more, for Florida legislators had to take local assessors out of their tricky political situation before the state could equalize its educational funding in 1973.’
    • ‘In a reply to a correspondent you further elaborate that the rate of profit is being equalized throughout the entire economy.’
    • ‘There should be a push to equalize the funding of inner city schools with that of schools in the suburban areas.’
    • ‘In New Jersey, which has been struggling to equalize school funding for three decades, the schools in Elizabeth spend 70 per cent more per pupil than do the schools in Toms River.’
    • ‘A widespread uprising against the coalition forces has resulted in hundreds of casualties and the targeting of civilians in a desperate attempt to equalize strength through asymmetrical warfare.’
    • ‘Next time around here in Ohio, it would be nice to have a ballot initiative on something like equalizing public school funding, reforming health care, or delivering more services to veterans.’
    • ‘It was promoted as a way to relieve homeowners of high property taxes and equalize funding for schools in rich and poor communities.’
    • ‘Democrats tend to try to equalize things through the instrumentality of government.’
    • ‘The amounts of chromophore (that correspond to amounts of matured protein) were equalized among samples, absorption spectra for the native proteins were collected.’
    • ‘If policymakers are truly interested in colorblind college admissions, states must take steps to equalize funding between rich and poor districts.’
    • ‘The new supervisors are needed to assess the rounds and make sure the workload is equalised, to ensure the rounds are completed on time and to improve the performance of the crews.’
    • ‘Empty cages were lifted up out of the water three times per week to equalize disturbance among treatments.’
    • ‘For more than two decades, lawsuits to equalize school funding have been wending their way through the courts in 44 states.’
    • ‘Mean heights of transplanted seedlings were equalized among transplant areas.’
    • ‘Vassilev said that the purpose is to equalise customs duty rates rather than protect domestic producers.’
    • ‘If a town was too poor to fund schools on a par with more affluent communities, it was up to the state to equalize the funding, which in turn was supposed to close the gap in achievement.’
    • ‘In this, the commune system sought to do what had been tried within the original collectives through the attempt to equalize the assets of the constituent brigades.’
    • ‘In a recent case in New York, a judge ruled that New York City schools were underfunded, and he ordered the state to equalize funding.’
    • ‘After two years, Chancellor Klein has ended a key initiative to equalize funding of city schools.’
    • ‘This is extremely good value for money as the budget is used to equalise wealth throughout the EU with a higher share going to develop the poorer nations of Europe.’
    1. 1.1no object Become equal to a specified or standard level.
      ‘equal volumes tend to equalize in temperature’
      • ‘Incidentally, you can minimize condensation by keeping your camera in its case or camera bag when you bring it inside, and giving the camera enough time for the temperatures to equalize before removing it.’
      • ‘Clay seeks to equalize, levelling out advantages, especially the big serve and the big ground stroke, and is a contest essentially of not losing rather than winning.’
      • ‘‘International standards have equalized to FAS 133 but they are filled with compromises,’ said Tweedie.’
      • ‘I think it is likely that prices would, to a large extent, equalize between the two countries over the medium term.’
      • ‘The Democratic Party has always been able to equalize only with massive soft money contributions from the very wealthy, such as celebrities.’
      • ‘As the air pressure equalized, the crater became a jagged mouth, sucking down cars and corpses and swallowing two million gallons of sewage and air-conditioning fluid.’
      • ‘As a result, oil prices equalize around the globe (adjusting for differences in quality and transportation costs).’
      • ‘For example, the GOP committees will continue to raise more money than the Dems' committees, but Democrats will still essentially equalize by raising huge amounts from the super rich.’
      • ‘Allow them to sit in their bag in the pond water, until the temperatures equalise, before releasing them.’
      • ‘As the barometric pressure outside shifts, caves equalize by breathing either in or out.’
      • ‘The air moves because it is equalizing with something else farther along.’
      • ‘As political pricing expands, standards of living equalize.’
    2. 1.2with object Make uniform in application or effect.
      ‘the act was structured to equalize the status of a defendant’
      • ‘Third, after the pension age for men and women is equalised in 2020, it should be raised in line with growing longevity, say by one year every 10 years.’
      • ‘So the effect of rent is to equalize the profitability of all bare sites, reducing profit margins to those obtainable on marginal sites, i.e. sites with zero rental value.’
      • ‘Suppose we ask whether there is a likely alliance structure that can equalize the number of neighbours among all seven countries.’
      • ‘She agreed, however, that it was an EU requirement to equalise prices for all regardless of nationality.’
      • ‘Legislation to equalise the pension age at 65 for both men and women has been passed.’
      • ‘The possible equalizing effect of public education would be lost.’
      • ‘That suggests that selection for recombination properties was sufficiently strong to overcome equalizing effects of migration even for such mobile organisms as fruit flies.’
      • ‘The Ministry of the Interior released its proposal of equalizing the status of county and city governments and the special municipality last week in an attempt to divide the administrative and financial resources more equally.’
      • ‘This ceremony also equalizes the status of the students, irrespective of their background.’
      • ‘Thus this researcher shows by implication that strong and sensitive teachers might try to equalize their status with learners in order to maximize conditions conducive to language acquisition.’
      • ‘Working wives change the power structure of the family by equalizing the resources of husband and wife.’
      • ‘Determination of weights that best equalized the variance across the entire range of response required iteration.’
      • ‘Moreover, it does so in a way that neither conceives domination in single-axis terms nor falsely equalizes the effects of these relations on subjects.’
      • ‘The company also refused to discuss equalising hours, travel concessions and pension rights across the workforce.’
      • ‘It equalized public life through the common access it established for all members of society - and it is worth noting that initially in nearly every case the broadcasters had a hard fight to assert that right on behalf of their audiences.’
      • ‘He certainly would not agree with Steinbruner that all national militaries must be equalized in capabilities and force structure.’
      • ‘The agreement also capitalized and equalized the husband's pension and stated that for the purposes of any future variation of support, only half the husband's pension income would be treated as income.’
      • ‘The second column in table 1 contains the results with a weighting scheme that equalizes the total effect of direct and second-order interactions.’
      • ‘Norden notes contention over the scale of counties: whether this should show their relative size or equalise them.’
      • ‘The colonies were transported to an apiary and arranged in 3 circles of 12 colonies each to equalize some of the effect apiary layouts may have on drifting.’
      make equal, make even, even off, even out, even up, make level, level, level off, level up, make uniform, make the same, make consistent, regularize, standardize, bring into line, balance, square, match
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘be equal to’): from equal + -ize, partly suggested by French égaliser.