a thing, an amount, a word, etc. that is equivalent to something else Send $20 or the equivalent in your own currency. equivalent of/to something Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human equivalent of BSE Is there a French word that is the exact equivalent of the English word “home”? Breathing such polluted air is the equivalent of (= has the same effect as) smoking ten cigarettes a day. The German “Gymnasium” is the closest equivalent to a U.S. prep school.
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