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Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] aequalis

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
equal

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (not comparable) The same in all respects.
    Equal conditions should produce equal results.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Exactly identical, having the same value.
    All right angles are equal.
  3. (comparable) Unvarying, fair.
    The treatment of students in this school is very equal.
  4. (comparable) Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.
    This test is pretty tough, but I think I'm equal to it.
    • 1881, Jane Austen, Emma, p. 311
      her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning, the superior intelligence, of those five letters so arranged.

Usage notes

  • In mathematics, this adjective can be used in phrases like "A and B are equal", "A is equal to B", and, less commonly, "A is equal with B".

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Verb

Infinitive
to equal

Third person singular
equals

Simple past
equalled

Past participle
-

Present participle
equalling

to equal (third-person singular simple present equals, present participle equalling, simple past and past participle equalled) (UK)

Infinitive
to equal

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to equal (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -) (US)
  1. (mathematics) To be equal to, to have the same value as.
    Two plus two equals four.
  2. (informal) To have as its consequence.
    Losing this deal equals losing your job.

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Noun

Singular
equal

Plural
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equal ({{{1}}})
  1. A person or thing of equal status to others.
    We're all equals here.
    This beer has no equal.

Synonyms

  • (person or thing of equal status to others): peer

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