What does equal mean?

Definitions for equal
ˈi kwəlequal

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word equal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. peer, equal, match, compeeradjective

    a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

  2. equaladjective

    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another

    "on equal terms"; "all men are equal before the law"

  3. adequate, equalverb

    having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

    "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"; "he was equal to the task"

  4. equal, beverb

    be identical or equivalent to

    "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"

  5. equal, touch, rival, matchverb

    be equal to in quality or ability

    "Nothing 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"

  6. equal, match, equalize, equalise, equateverb

    make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching

    "let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"


  1. equalnoun

    A person or thing of equal status to others.

  2. equalverb

    To be equal to, to have the same value as; to correspond to.

    Two plus two equals four.

  3. equalverb

    To be equivalent to; to match

  4. equalverb

    To have as its consequence.

  5. equaladjective

    The same in all respects.

    Equal conditions should produce equal results.

  6. equaladjective

    Exactly identical, having the same value.

    All right angles are equal.

  7. equaladjective

    Fair, impartial.

  8. equaladjective

    Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.

    This test is pretty tough, but I think I'm equal to it.

  9. Etymology: From aequalis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Equaladjective

    Etymology: æqualis, Latin.

    If thou be among great men, make not thyself equal with them. Ecclus. xxxii. 9.

    Equal lot
    May join us; equal joy, as equal love. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Although there were no man in the world to take notice of it, every triangle would contain three angles equal to two right angles. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    The Scots trusted not their own numbers, as equal to fight with the English. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    He laughs at all the vulgar cares and fears,
    At their vain triumphs, and their vainer tears;
    An equal temper in his mind he found,
    When fortune flatter’d him, and when she frown’d. Dryden.

    Think not of me: perhaps my equal mind
    May learn to bear the fate the gods allot me. Smith.

    It is not permitted me to make my commendations equal to your merit. John Dryden, Fab. Dedication.

    Each to his proper fortune stand or fall;
    Equal and unconcern’d I look on all:
    Rutilians, Trojans, are the same to me,
    And both shall draw the lots their fates decree. John Dryden, Æn.

    They who are not disposed to receive them, may let them alone, or reject them; it is equal to me. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

    He submitted himself, and sware to all equal conditions. 2 Mac. xiii. 23.

    They made the married, orphans, widows, yea and the aged also, equal in spoils with themselves. 2 Mac. viii. 30.

  2. Equalnoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    He is enamoured on Hero: I pray you, dissuade him from her; she is no equal for his birth. William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing.

    He would make them all equals to the citizens of Rome. 2 Mac. ix. 15.

    Those who were once his equals, envy and defame him, because they now see him their superiour; and those who were once his superiours, because they look upon him as their equal. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 256.

    To my dear equal, in my native land,
    My plighted vow I gave: I his receiv’d:
    Each swore with truth; with pleasure each believ’d:
    The mutual contract was to heav’n convey’d. Matthew Prior.

    I profited in the Jews religion above many my equals in mine own nation. Gal. i. 14.

  3. To Equalverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I know no body so like to equal him, even at the age he wrote most of them, as yourself. William Trumbull, to Pope.

    One whose all not equals Edward’s moiety. William Shakespeare.

    Then sought Sicheus through the shady grove,
    Who answer’d all her cares, and equal’d all her love. Dryd.

    Nor you, great queen, these offices repent,
    Which he will equal, and perhaps augment. John Dryden, Virg.


  1. equal

    Equal typically refers to something being the same in quantity, size, degree, value, or status. It suggests a balance or equivalence between two or more things. The term is often used in mathematics to denote that two quantities or expressions are the same. It can also refer to a state of fairness or impartiality in social contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equaladjective

    agreeing in quantity, size, quality, degree, value, etc.; having the same magnitude, the same value, the same degree, etc.; -- applied to number, degree, quantity, and intensity, and to any subject which admits of them; neither inferior nor superior, greater nor less, better nor worse; corresponding; alike; as, equal quantities of land, water, etc. ; houses of equal size; persons of equal stature or talents; commodities of equal value

  2. Equaladjective

    bearing a suitable relation; of just proportion; having competent power, abilities, or means; adequate; as, he is not equal to the task

  3. Equaladjective

    not variable; equable; uniform; even; as, an equal movement

  4. Equaladjective

    evenly balanced; not unduly inclining to either side; characterized by fairness; unbiased; impartial; equitable; just

  5. Equaladjective

    of the same interest or concern; indifferent

  6. Equaladjective

    intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; -- opposed to mixed

  7. Equaladjective

    exactly agreeing with respect to quantity

  8. Equalnoun

    one not inferior or superior to another; one having the same or a similar age, rank, station, office, talents, strength, or other quality or condition; an equal quantity or number; as, "If equals be taken from equals the remainders are equal."

  9. Equalnoun

    state of being equal; equality

  10. Equalverb

    to be or become equal to; to have the same quantity, the same value, the same degree or rank, or the like, with; to be commen/urate with

  11. Equalverb

    to make equal return to; to recompense fully

  12. Equalverb

    to make equal or equal to; to equalize; hence, to compare or regard as equals; to put on equality


  1. Equal

    Equal is a brand of artificial sweetener containing aspartame, dextrose and maltodextrin. It is marketed as a tabletop sweetener by Merisant, a global corporation which also used to own the well-known NutraSweet brand when it was a subsidiary of Monsanto and which has headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, Switzerland, Mexico, and Australia. In French Canada, Equal is known as "Égal".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Equal

    ē′kwal, adj. identical: of the same value: adequate: in just proportion: fit: equable: uniform: equitable: evenly balanced: just.—n. one of the same age, rank, &c.—v.t. to be, or to make, equal to:—pr.p. ē′qualling; pa.p. ē′qualled.n. Equalisā′tion, the act of making equal: state of being equalised.—v.t. E′qualise, to make equal.—adj. and n. Equalitār′ian, of or pertaining to the equality of mankind.—n. Equal′ity, the condition of being equal: sameness: evenness.—adv. E′qually.—n. E′qualness, the state of being equal: evenness: uniformity.—v.t. Equāte′, to reduce to an average or to a common standard of comparison: to regard as equal:—pr.p. equāt′ing; pa.p. equāt′ed.ns. Equā′tion, the act of making equal: (alg.) a statement of the equality of two quantities: reduction to a mean proportion; Equā′tor (geog.), a great circle passing round the middle of the globe and dividing it into two equal parts: (astron.) the equinoctial.—adj. Equatō′rial, of or pertaining to the equator.—n. an instrument for observing and following a celestial body in any part of its diurnal course.—adv. Equatō′rially, so as to have motion or direction parallel to the equator.—Equal to the occasion, fit or able for an emergency.—Equation of time, the reduction from mean solar time to apparent solar time.—An equal (Spens.), a state of equality.—Personal equation, any error common to all the observations of some one person, any tendency to error or prejudice due to the personal characteristics of some person for which allowance must be made. [L. æqualisæquāre, to make equal—æquus, equal.]

Editors Contribution

  1. equal

    A known and specific quantity, type or value.

    We received the equal amount of pay and are very grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020  

  2. equal

    An exact similar amount or value

    The father and mother agreed the children must have an equal amount of pocket money every week

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

  3. equal

    An intuitive and known quantity.

    They had an equal amount of food to share at the table with their loved ones.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

  4. equal

    The intuitive knowing that every human being and animal is of true value.

    WE are all equal human beings different roles and responsibilities and equal also to the animals they are of equal value to us.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 25, 2020  

  5. equal

    To have the entitlement to rights, opportunities or choices.

    Equal opportunities for all are guaranteed.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020  


  1. Equal

    of the same length, size or shape: the superfices when they are without inequalities.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1761

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1531

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equal' in Verbs Frequency: #1108

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equal' in Adjectives Frequency: #216

Anagrams for equal »

  1. quale

  2. queal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of equal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of equal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of equal in a Sentence

  1. David M. Potter:

    The American notion of freedom transcended the political realm and in fact extended to every major category of human relationships, including those between employer and employee, clergyman and layman, husband and wife, parent and child, public official and citizen. Americans believed that, as of July 4, 1776, all men were created equal, and that any impairment of a man’s equality was destructive of his liberty also.

  2. Vladimir Putin:

    Is this an ultimatum or not ? Of course not, we are hoping for constructive and meaningful negotiations with a visible end result within a specified time frame, which would ensure equal security for all.

  3. Natalia Polukhina:

    It seems very strange to me to interpret this building as a water tank. In the same fortress of Naryn-Kala, there is an equal underground structure of 10 meters depth, and it really is a tank. This is just a rectangular building. The unusual building, in which we have put our detectors, has the shape of a cross, oriented strictly to the sides of the world, one side is 2 meters longer than the others, as the archaeologists who began excavations say, during construction, the building was entirely on the surface and it stands on the highest point of the Naryn-Kala. What is the sense to put the tank on the surface, and even on the highest mountain? It is strange. Currently, there are more questions than answers.

  4. Tom McMakin, CEO, Great Harvest:

    Equal participants doing similar things will generate lots of new ideas.

  5. Stanley Fischer:

    The limited macroprudential toolkit in the United States leads me to conclude that there may be times when adjustments in monetary policy should be discussed as a means to curb risks to financial stability, a more restrictive monetary policy would, all else being equal, lead to deviations from price stability and full employment.

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