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"equal" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈiː.kwəl/

equal adjective (SAME)

B1 the same in ​amount, ​number, or ​size: One ​litre is equal to 1.76 ​imperialpints. One ​box may ​lookbigger than the other, but in ​fact they are ​roughly (= ​almost) equal involume.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.
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equal adjective (ABLE)

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

equalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈiː.kwəl/
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-roundathlete he has no equal (= no-one ​else is as good).
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equalverb [L only + noun, T]

uk   us   /ˈiː.kwəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)

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 ​bettereducation.
(Definition of equal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"equal" in American English

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 us   /ˈi·kwəl/

equal adjective (SAME IN AMOUNT)

mathematics (symbol =) the same in ​amount, ​number, or ​size: One ​quart is equal to four ​cups. Divide the ​class into equal ​groups.

equal adjective (DESERVING THE SAME)

the same in ​importance and (of ​people) ​deserving the same ​treatment: equal ​rights We ​want a ​society that ​promotes equal ​opportunity for all of ​itscitizens.
adjective  us   /ˈi·kwə·li/
The ​money was ​shared equally among the three ​sisters.

equalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈi·kwəl/

equal noun [C] (PERSON/THING)

someone or something that is the same in ​amount, ​size, or ​importance as another ​person or thing: In this ​country, we’re all equals with the same ​rights. As an ​all-aroundathlete he has no equal (= no one ​else is as good).


 us   /ˈi·kwəl/ (symbol =)

equal verb (BE SAME IN AMOUNT)

mathematics to be the same in ​amount, ​number, ​size, or ​importance as another: [L] 10 + 10 = 20 [T] We ​hope to equal the ​amount of ​money we ​raised last ​year.
(Definition of equal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"equal" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈiːkwəl/
the same in ​price, ​number, ​size, etc.: The ​values of ​cross-border and ​internalsales were about equal over the ​year.an equal amount/number/share Instead of an equal ​share, we got only one-fifth of the ​profits.equal to sth She received a ​bonus of $15,065, equal to 40% of her ​salary.equal in number/value/size Sakhalin is an island ​north of Japan, with ​oil and ​gasreserves equal in ​size to those remaining in the North Sea.
treating everyone in the same way or ​allowing everyone to have the same ​opportunities: Relationships within an ​organization are never equal. Congress should ​focus its ​efforts on ​providing equal ​access to good ​qualityeducation and ​jobskills.on an equal basis/footing/on equal terms By ​law, ​jobapplications from ​disabledpeople should be ​treated on an equal ​basis to those from non-disabled ​candidates.
all things being equal if the ​situation remains the same as it is now, or continues as expected: All things being equal, the ​market should have ​recovered by the end of the ​year.
be equal to (doing) sth to have the ​ability, ​experience, or ​skill that is necessary to do something difficult: I'm not sure he's equal to the ​demands of such a ​high-pressurejob.

equalverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈiːkwəl/ ( UK -ll-, US -l-)
to be the same in ​price, ​number, ​size, etc: Pre-tax ​profits are likely to equal last year's despite a £41 million ​share buy-back ​programme. Casinos ​currentlypaytax equaling 20% of their ​grossrevenue.equal the cost/number/amount of sth If every ​household used energy-saving bulbs, the ​reduction in greenhouse-gas ​emissions would equal the ​amountproduced by almost 800,000 ​cars.
if one thing equals another thing, it ​results in that thing: Experience has shown us that more ​accountability equals better ​performance.

equalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈiːkwəl/
someone or something who is as important, ​successful, etc. as someone or something else: be the equal of sb/be sb's equal The EU ​increasingly sees itself as the equal of the US. On a ​professional and ​personallevel the two men were equals.treat/accept/see sb as an equal Even though I was only a ​trainee, I was ​treated as an equal by the other ​staff.
(Definition of equal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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