Definition of equivalent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

equivalent

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noun
BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvələnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvələnt//
 
 
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 a thing, amount, 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 the grammar school in England. Word 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’.Extra examples He’s only paid the equivalent of $200. It is the approximate equivalent in height to the Matterhorn. The campaign says that hunters are the moral equivalent of murderers. The company has $43.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. There is no exact male equivalent for witches. These drawings are the visual equivalents of stage whispers. This concert hall has been described as the American equivalent to London’s Albert Hall. This concert hall is the American equivalent to London’s Albert Hall. This qualification is the equivalent of a degree. a word which has no direct equivalent in English each sponsor received the equivalent of £1millon worth of advertising. the modern equivalent of the Roman baths the nearest equivalent we have to a carnival the online equivalent of the telephone Send $20 or the equivalent in your own currency. The ‘Gymnasium’ is the closest equivalent to the grammar school in England.
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