equale‧qual1 /ˈiːkwəl/ ●●●S1W2 adjective1sameEQUAL the same in size, number, amount, value etc as something else → equivalentequal number/amount (of something)Both candidates received an equal number of votes.(of) equal value/importanceThey believe that all work is of equal value.equal in size/length/height etcThe two towns are roughly equal in size.of equal size/length/height etcequal toThe rent was equal to half his monthly income.► see thesaurus at same2same rights/chancesEQUALRIGHT/HAVE THE RIGHT TO having the same rights, opportunities etc as everyone else, whatever your race, religion, or sexOur constitution states that all men are equal.Our education system should provide equal opportunities for all children.The government is committed to achieving equal rights for women.3 →be equal to something4 →on equal terms/on an equal footing5 →all (other) things being equalCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: the same in size, number, amount, value etc as something elseadverbsexactly equalThe food is shared out in exactly equal portions among all members of the community.roughly/approximately equalThe number of buyers and sellers must be roughly equal before trading begins.about/almost equalThey are about equal in height and weight.nounsan equal number/amountBoth candidates received an equal number of votes.phrasesbe of equal size/length/height etcDraw two lines of equal length.be equal in size/length/height etcThe population of each town is roughly equal in size.be equal in valueYour pension will be equal in value to two thirds of your final year salary.be equal in number/numbersIn higher education, women are equal in numbers to men.of equal value/importanceHe is remembered for his novels, but his scientific work is of equal importance.
COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: having the same rights, opportunities etc as everyone else, whatever your race, religion, or sexnounsequal rightsIn many countries, women do not have equal rights with men.equal opportunitiesThe government must make sure that all children have equal opportunities in education.equal payThe workers’ demands include equal pay for equal work.equal access (=the same right to do or receive something)The law states that disabled people must have equal access to employment.equal treatmentEveryone should get equal treatment under the law.phrasesbe born equalIt is a myth that all men are born equal.be created equalThey believe that everyone is created equal by God.
equalequal2 ●●○S3W3 verb (equalled, equalling British English, equaled, equaling American English)1[linking verb]EQUAL to be exactly the same in size, number, or amount as something elseTwo plus two equals four.Prices become more stable when supply equals demand.2[transitive]EQUAL to be as good as something else, or get to the same standard as someone or something elseThompson equalled the world record.3 →be equalled (only) by something4[transitive]EFFECT/INFLUENCE to produce a particular result or effectA highly-trained workforce equals high productivity.→ See Verb table
equal• But Aggie was first among equals.• It started with Milken growing angry because Gutfreund refused to speak to him as an equal.• The police have a duty to treat all members of the community as equals.• Mutualrespect grows out of exchanges between individuals considered as equals.• My boss treats her employees as equals.• Northern Ireland Conservatives might expect to be treated as equals.• Criticism, I take it, is an activity that occurs between equals, whatever its object.• Should you not claim to be at least his equal in prowess, and act upon the claim?• Hence OCy equals home consumption of food, and OCx equals home consumption of manufactured products.• Most women these days want marriage to be a partnership of equals.