C1 [C] a mathematical statement in which you show that two amounts are equal using mathematical symbols: In the equation 3x - 3 = 15, x = 6.› [C] (also chemical equation) a statement containing chemical symbols, used to show the changes that happen during a particular chemical reaction

› [C usually singular] a difficult problem that can only be understood if all the different influences are considered: Managing the economy is a complex equation of controlling inflation and reducing unemployment.

› [U] the act of considering one thing to be the same as or equal to another: There is a tendency in movies to make the equation between violence and excitement.

(Definition of equation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

(Definition of equation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

› a situation, especially when it is considered to be complicated and made up of many different parts: In today's market it's more important than ever to get the price/performance equation right. Another important factor **in the equation** is the exchange rate. When you're starting your own business, difficulties and frustrations are** part of the equation**. The WTO cannot afford to ignore the trade **side of the equation**.add/factor/bring sth into the equation Project planners failed to factor government bureaucracy into the equation.

(Definition of equation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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