Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
  2. (verb, change) make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
    The company matched the discount policy of its competitors
  3. (verb, stative) be identical or equivalent to
  4. (verb, stative) be equal to in quality or ability
    Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues
    Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents
  5. (adj, all) having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
    her training was adequate
    she was adequate to the job
    he was equal to the task
  6. (adj, all) having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
    all men are equal before the law

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Antonyms of Equal

differ, unequal

Origin of the word Equal

  1. late 14c., from L. aequalis "uniform, identical, equal," from aequus "level, even, just," of unknown origin. Parallel formation egal (from O.Fr. egal) was in use late 14c.-17c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Equal

e. coli, eagle, easel, easily, easy lay, echolalia, egg cell, eggshell, equally, excel, exhale, exile, ezechiel, ezekiel

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