2 verb
equal2 S2 past tense and past participle equalled, present participle equalling British English, past tense and past participle equaled, present participle equaling American English
1 [linking verb] to be exactly the same in size, number, or amount as something else:
Two plus two equals four.
Prices become more stable when supply equals demand.
2 [transitive] to be as good as something else, or get to the same standard as someone or something else:
Thompson equalled the world record.

be equalled (only) by something

used to say that two things are as strong or as important as each other:
Her distaste for books was equalled only by her dislike of people.
4 [transitive] to produce a particular result or effect:
A highly-trained workforce equals high productivity.

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