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Definition of equal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they equal
    he / she / it equals
    past simple equaled ()equalled
    -ing form equaling ()equalling
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  1. 1linking verb + noun to be the same in size, quantity, value, etc. as something else 2x plus y equals 7 (2x+y=7) A yard equals 36 inches.
  2. 2equal something to be as good as something else or do something to the same standard as someone else This achievement is unlikely ever to be equaled. Her hatred of religion is equaled only by her loathing for politicians. With his last jump he equaled the world record.
  3. 3equal something to lead to or result in something Cooperation equals success.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: equal