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equal

adjective uk   /ˈiː.kwəl/ us  

equal adjective (SAME)

B1 the same in amount, number, or size: One litre is equal to 1.76 imperial pints. One box may look bigger than the other, but in fact they are roughly (= almost) equal in volume. B1 the same in importance and deserving the same treatment: All people are equal, deserving the same rights as each other. They've got a long way to go before they achieve equal pay/status for men and women. The government supports equal marriage (= the right of gay people to get married).

equal adjective (ABLE)

[after verb] formal skilled or brave enough for a difficult duty or piece of work: It's a challenging job but I'm sure you'll prove equal to it. Is he equal to the task?

equal

noun [C] uk   /ˈiː.kwəl/ us  
B2 someone or something that has the same importance as someone or something else and deserves the same treatment: The good thing about her as a boss is that she treats us all as equals. Throughout her marriage she never considered her husband as her intellectual equal. As an all-round athlete he has no equal (= no-one else is as good).

equal

verb [L only + noun, T] uk   /ˈiː.kwəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  

equal verb [L only + noun, T] (BE THE SAME)

to be the same in value or amount as something else: 16 ounces equals one pound. to achieve the same standard or level as someone else, or the same standard or level as you did before: We raised over $500 for charity last year and we're hoping to equal that this year.

equal verb [L only + noun, T] (RESULT IN)

to result in something: He disputed the idea that more money equals better education.
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