Meaning of EQUIVALENT in English

/ ɪˈkwɪvələnt; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

equivalent (to sth) equal in value, amount, meaning, importance, etc. :

Eight kilometres is roughly equivalent to five miles.

250 grams or an equivalent amount in ounces

►  equiva·lence / -ləns; NAmE / noun [ U ] ( formal ):

There is no straightforward equivalence between economic progress and social well-being.

■ noun

~ (of / to sth) a thing, amount, word, etc. that is equivalent to sth else :

Send €20 or the equivalent in your own currency.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human equivalent of BSE

The German 'Gymnasium' is the closest equivalent to the grammar school in England.

Breathing such polluted air is the equivalent of (= has the same effect as) smoking ten cigarettes a day.



late Middle English (describing persons who were equal in power or rank): via Old French from late Latin aequivalent- being of equal worth, from the verb aequivalere , from aequi- equally + valere be worth.

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