Definition of equal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    equal

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they equal
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəl//
     
    he / she / it equals
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlz//
     
    past simple equalled
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    past participle equalled
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    (US English) past simple equaled
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    (US English) past participle equaled
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəld//
     
    -ing form equalling
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlɪŋ//
     
    (US English) -ing form equaling
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  linking verb + noun to be the same in size, quantity, value, etc. as something else 2x plus y equals 7 (= 2x+y=7) A metre equals 39.38 inches. See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  2. 2  equal something to be as good as something else or do something to the same standard as somebody else This achievement is unlikely ever to be equalled. Her hatred of religion is equalled only by her loathing for politicians. With his last jump he equalled the world record.
  3. 3equal something to lead to or result in something Cooperation equals success. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin aequalis, from aequus ‘even, level, equal’.Extra examples 2x plus y equals 7 Let x be/​equal the sum of a and b. Three and three is/​equals six. Half-year profits equalled the best expectations. Her achievement is unlikely ever to be equalled. Maria Theresa displayed a courage and tenacity equalled by very few contemporary rulers. More knowledge equals less prejudice. Natural dyes produce a beauty of tone that has never been equalled by synthetic dyes. The theatre is equalled in size only by one or two others in the world.
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