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English definition of “equivalent”

equivalent

noun [C usually singular]     /ɪˈkwɪv.əl.ənt/
C1 something that has the same amount , value , purpose , qualities , etc. as something else : There is no English equivalent for ' bon appetit' so we have adopted the French expression . Ten thousand people a year die of the disease - that's the equivalent of the population of this town .Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities equivalence     /-əns/ noun [U] (also equivalency,   /-əns.i/   ) formal There's a general equivalence between the two concepts .Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
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