equal UK US /ˈiːkwəl/ adjective
the same in price, number, size, etc.: »

The values of cross-border and internal sales were about equal over the year.

an equal amount/number/share »

Instead of an equal share, we got only one-fifth of the profits.

equal to sth »

She received a bonus of $15,065, equal to 40% of her salary.

equal in number/value/size »

Sakhalin is an island north of Japan, with oil and gas reserves equal in size to those remaining in the North Sea.

treating everyone in the same way or allowing everyone to have the same opportunities: »

Relationships within an organization are never equal.


Congress should focus its efforts on providing equal access to good quality education and job skills.

on an equal basis/footing/on equal terms »

By law, job applications from disabled people should be treated on an equal basis to those from non-disabled candidates.

all things being equal — Cf. all things being equal
be equal to (doing) sth — Cf. be equal to sth
equal UK US /ˈiːkwəl/ verb [T] (UK -ll-, US -l-)
to be the same in price, number, size, etc: »

Pre-tax profits are likely to equal last year's despite a £41 million share buy-back programme.


Casinos currently pay tax equaling 20% of their gross revenue.

equal the cost/number/amount of sth »

If every household used energy-saving bulbs, the reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions would equal the amount produced by almost 800,000 cars.

if one thing equals another thing, it results in that thing: »

Experience has shown us that more accountability equals better performance.

equal UK US /ˈiːkwəl/ noun [C]
someone or something who is as important, successful, etc. as someone or something else: be the equal of sb/be sb's equal »

The EU increasingly sees itself as the equal of the US.


On a professional and personal level the two men were equals.

treat/accept/see sb as an equal »

Even though I was only a trainee, I was treated as an equal by the other staff.

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  • equal — 1 adj [Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal] 1: like in quality, nature, or status 2: like for each member of a group, class, or society 3: regarding or affecting all objects in the same way: impartial equal 2 …   Law dictionary

  • equal — [ē′kwəl] adj. [ME < L aequalis, equal < aequus, level, even, flat] 1. of the same quantity, size, number, value, degree, intensity, quality, etc. 2. having the same rights, privileges, ability, rank, etc. 3. evenly proportioned; balanced or …   English World dictionary

  • Equal — E qual, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Equaled}or {Equalled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Equaling} or {Equalling}.] 1. To be or become equal to; to have the same quantity, the same value, the same degree or rank, or the like, with; to be commen?urate with. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Equal — E qual, n. 1. One not inferior or superior to another; one having the same or a similar age, rank, station, office, talents, strength, or other quality or condition; an equal quantity or number; as, If equals be taken from equals the remainders… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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