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English adjective: equal

1. equal having the same quantity, value, or measure as another

SamplesOn equal terms.
All men are equal before the law.

Similarclose, coequal, coordinate, equidistant, equilateral, equivalent, even, even, fifty-fifty, half-and-half, isochronal, isochronous, isoclinal, isoclinic, isometric, isometrical, isothermal, level, quits, tantamount, tied, tight

See alsocommensurate, comparable, same



2. equal having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

SamplesShe had adequate training.
Her training was adequate.
She was adequate to the job.
He was equal to the task.


Similaradequate to, capable, competent, equal to, up to

See alsosatisfactory

Attributeadequacy, adequateness

Antonymsinadequate, unequal

English noun: equal

1. equal (person) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

Synonymscompeer, match, peer

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)associate, backup, backup man, coeval, contemporary, fill-in, gangsta, relief, reliever, replacement, stand-in, substitute, successor, townsman

Member meronympeer group

English verb: equal

1. equal (stative) be identical or equivalent to

SamplesOne dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)agree, check, correspond, correspond, correspond, equate, fit, gibe, jibe, match, represent, stand for, tally, translate


2. equal (stative) be equal to in quality or ability

SamplesNothing can rival cotton for durability.
Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues.
Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents.

Synonymsmatch, rival, touch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compete, contend, vie

Verb groupequal, equalise, equalize, equate, match

3. equal (change) make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching

SamplesLet's equalize the duties among all employees in this office.
The company matched the discount policy of its competitors.

Synonymsequalise, equalize, equate, match

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)draw, homogenise, homogenize, homologise, homologize, tie

Verb groupequal, match, rival, touch

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