Meaning of EQUIVALENT in English

EQUIVALENT

I. e ‧ quiv ‧ a ‧ lent 1 W3 AC /ɪˈkwɪv ə lənt/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ equivalence , ↑ equivalent ; adjective : ↑ equivalent ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: Late Latin , from aequivalere 'to have equal power' ]

having the same value, purpose, job etc as a person or thing of a different kind

equivalent to

a qualification which is equivalent to a degree

I had no dollars, but offered him an equivalent amount of sterling.

—equivalence noun [uncountable]

II. equivalent 2 AC BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ equivalence , ↑ equivalent ; adjective : ↑ equivalent ]

something that has the same value, purpose, job etc as something else:

The word has no equivalent in English.

equivalent of

He had drunk the equivalent of 15 whiskies.

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COLLOCATIONS

■ adjectives

▪ a direct/exact equivalent

The word has no direct equivalent in English.

▪ the nearest/closest equivalent

The corner store was the closest equivalent we had to a supermarket when I was young.

▪ the modern/modern-day equivalent (of something)

Horror films are the modern-day equivalent of morality tales.

▪ an English/American/French etc equivalent

Savings and loan associations are the American equivalent of Britain’s building societies.

■ verbs

▪ have an equivalent

This institution has no equivalent in any other European country.

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