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equal

3 noun
     
equal3 S3 [countable]
1 someone who is as important, intelligent etc as you are, or who has the same rights and opportunities as you do:
He treats all his staff as equals.
a friendship between equals
equal in
She wasn't his equal in intelligence.
2

be the equal of somebody/something

to be as good as someone or something else:
The company proved to be the equal of its US rivals.
3

be without equal

also have no equal formal to be better than everyone or everything else of the same type:
His paintings are without equal.

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