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



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they equalize
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlaɪz//
    he / she / it equalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple equalized
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzd//
    past participle equalized
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzd//
    -ing form equalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːkwəlaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive] equalize something to make things equal in size, quantity, value, etc. in the whole of a place or group a policy to equalize the distribution of resources throughout the country We need to equalize the workload among the teaching staff.
  2. 2[intransitive] (British English) (especially in football (soccer )) to score a goal that makes the score of both teams equal Rooney equalized early in the second half.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘be equal to’): from equal + -ize, partly suggested by French égaliser.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: equalize