Meaning of EQUAL in English


/ ˈiːkwəl; NAmE / adjective , noun , verb

■ adjective


equal (to sb/sth) the same in size, quantity, value, etc. as sth else :

There is an equal number of boys and girls in the class.

One unit of alcohol is equal to half a pint of beer.

two pieces of wood equal in length / of equal length

HELP NOTE : You can use exactly , precisely , approximately , etc. with equal in this meaning.


having the same rights or being treated the same as other people, without differences such as race, religion or sex being considered :

equal rights / pay

The company has an equal opportunities policy (= gives the same chances of employment to everyone) .

the desire for a more equal society (= in which everyone has the same rights and chances)

HELP NOTE : You can use more with equal in this meaning.


equal to sth ( formal ) having the necessary strength, courage and ability to deal with sth successfully :

I hope that he proves equal to the challenge.

—see also equally


- on equal terms (with sb)

—more at thing

■ noun

a person or thing of the same quality or with the same status, rights, etc. as another :

She treats the people who work for her as her equals.

Our cars are the equal of those produced anywhere in the world.


- be without equal | have no equal

- some (people, members, etc.) are more equal than others

—more at first noun

■ verb ( -ll- , US -l- )


linking verb [ v - n ] to be the same in size, quantity, value, etc. as sth else :

2x plus y equals 7 (2x+y=7)

A metre equals 39.38 inches.


[ vn ] to be as good as sth else or do sth to the same standard as sb else :

This achievement is unlikely ever to be equalled.

Her hatred of religion is equalled only by her loathing for politicians.

With his last jump he equalled the world record.


[ vn ] to lead to or result in sth :

Cooperation equals success.



late Middle English : from Latin aequalis , from aequus even, level, equal.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.