Definition of equate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Consider (one thing) to be the same as or equivalent to another.

    ‘customers equate their name with quality’
    • ‘Branding means equating your name to a certain topic, product, or service.’
    • ‘‘You don't have to be musical, so anyone can learn,’ says Helen, who equates a ten-minute peal to a light workout with weights in a gym.’
    • ‘Another way of cutting back your spending is to equate the cost with the amount of time you'll have to work to pay for it.’
    • ‘By effectively branding one of its professors racist and equating his opinion with the stance of the entire department, what effect can there be but a bad opinion of the department?’
    • ‘Suspicious buyers could draw the wrong conclusions, equating cosy partnerships with greedy cartels.’
    • ‘I liked the section equating sanctions with weapons of mass destruction.’
    • ‘Therefore, there is contextual Biblical evidence for equating these two Hebrew words, at least in some cases.’
    • ‘We must not then make the mistake of equating the two.’
    • ‘Over the years, people have come to equate his name with evil.’
    • ‘The two doctors say they were forced to pull out of providing cover because the hospital was not paying them enough to cover costs, equating their contracts to charity work.’
    • ‘The fashion for equating chimps with children is based on a degraded view of humanity and an ignorance about animals.’
    • ‘Those who equate hunting foxes with abusing children reduce humanity to the moral equivalent of mice.’
    • ‘That is probably the main impression, but that's not to say that people are equating the two.’
    • ‘‘This is really a question of listeners equating machines with human beings who are being understood to perform servile functions,’ she said.’
    • ‘Presidents are fond of equating their power with benevolent leadership.’
    • ‘The American press lavishes attention on efforts of top execs to maximize their profits, equating their net worth with high moral character.’
    • ‘African American political and civic leaders say that equating a challenge to a judge's nomination with the kidnappings, atrocities and murders that black Americans faced during more than a half-century of lynchings is inappropriate.’
    • ‘The cave dwellers equate the shadows with reality, naming them, talking about them, and even linking sounds from outside the cave with the movements on the wall.’
    • ‘Don't make the mistake of equating this position with that one.’
    • ‘No one is equating babies with commodities, but the principles of supply and demand apply.’
    regard as the same as, regard as identical to
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    1. 1.1equate to/withno object (of one thing) be the same as or equivalent to (another)
      ‘that sum equates to half a million pounds today’
      • ‘By placing this business with one or more agencies by competitive tender, personnel staff have indicated that they would expect a saving of at least five per cent, equating to approximately £50,000.’
      • ‘A lower percentage saving of 32 per cent, equating to £111,655, can be made by buying a four bedroom detached house.’
      • ‘They add that this would equate to the equivalent output of ‘two average power stations’.’
      • ‘On this basis the shares are currently trading at 10.4 times earnings in 2004, equating to a 35 per cent discount to its peers.’
      • ‘This compares to 6.4 million units a year earlier, which equates to just 6.5 percent market share.’
      • ‘Vehicle crime has dropped by 2.5 per cent, meaning 64 fewer victims in the past seven months, and domestic burglary has fallen by 10 per cent, equating to 137 fewer victims.’
      • ‘The number of accidents resulting in serious or fatal injuries has fallen by an average of 28 per cent a year, equating to 21 serious accidents that have been prevented.’
      • ‘The charges I shall have to pay to park weekly will equate to almost the equivalent of a year's subscriptions to be a choir member.’
      • ‘This equates to a 6.12 per cent movement in the thresholds every three years.’
      • ‘That means the only way to fund his proposals would be through council tax rises for police services of up to 25 per cent, equating to £22.36 extra a year for some households.’
      • ‘This equates to nearly 40 per cent of all packaging placed on the Irish market.’
      • ‘For example, there would be a £111,000 cut in economic development activities, equating to about five per cent of the budgets for the promotion of tourism and available development sites.’
      • ‘However, the cost of delivering this mail now equates to 20 per cent of our delivery costs.’
      • ‘This equates to more than 50 per cent more listeners than any comparable international broadcaster.’
      • ‘Unions say the latest offer is a complex deal under which all workers would receive a lump sum in December equating to a 2.7 per cent rise for the six month-period from April to September.’
      • ‘In the world where we live, the here and now, money equates to power, especially in the political arena.’
      • ‘Twenty-four days were to be eliminated from the school year, equating to a 12.6 percent pay cut.’
      • ‘These 28 projects represent over 69,000 homes, equating to 80 percent of the Army family housing inventory in the United States.’
      • ‘One of the concerns raised is over the sudden increase in prices over the first year with water company clients being hit with a 7.4 per cent rise, equating to £21.’
      • ‘A recently published independent study by the National Institute of Transport and Logistics found 157 trucks each day would be unable to use the tunnel - equating to 1.74 per cent - based on a study of all four gates at Dublin Port.’
      correspond, be equivalent, amount
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    2. 1.2 Cause (two or more things) to be the same in quantity or value.
      ‘the level of prices will move to equate supply and demand’
      • ‘‘We are not looking here at a means of equating the rights of unmarried couples to married couples,’ said Mr Bridge.’
      • ‘Equating supply and demand is a double-edged sword.’
      • ‘The efficient amount of news coverage equates the value of the marginal story with the value of alternative uses of these resources.’
      • ‘Separately, the real risk-free rate is an equilibrium rate, equating the overall supply and demand for funds.’
      • ‘The price level - in the longer run - equates the demand for money to the supply.’
      equalize, balance, even off, even out, even up, level off, level up, square, tally, match
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Middle English (in the sense ‘make equal, balance’): from Latin aequat- ‘made level or equal’, from the verb aequare, from aequus (see equal). Current senses date from the mid 19th century.