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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.

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.

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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