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"equivalent" in British English

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equivalentadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈkwɪv.əl.ənt/
C1 having the same ​amount, ​value, ​purpose, ​qualities, etc.: She's doing the equivalent ​job in the new ​company but for more ​money. Is $50 equivalent to about £30?
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equivalentnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /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 ​Frenchexpression. Ten thousand ​people a ​yeardie of the ​disease - that's the equivalent of the ​population of this ​town.
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equivalence
noun [U] uk   us   /-əns/ (also equivalency, uk   /-əns.i/ us   ) formal
There's a ​general equivalence between the two ​concepts.
(Definition of equivalent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"equivalent" in American English

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equivalentadjective

 us   /ɪˈkwɪv·ə·lənt/
equal to or having the same ​effect as something ​else: A ​mile is equivalent to about 1.6 ​kilometers.equivalent equations mathematics Equivalent ​equations are two equations (= ​mathematicalstatements) that have the same ​solutions.
equivalent
noun [C]  us   /ɪˈkwɪv·ə·lənt/
A ​day on the ​planetMercury is the equivalent of 176 ​days on Earth.
(Definition of equivalent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"equivalent" in Business English

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equivalentadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈkwɪvələnt/
the same in ​amount, ​price, ​size, etc.: The ​totalconsumerelectronicsmarket is equivalent toapproximately $100 for every ​person on Earth.equivalent amount/level/price Under the new ​scheme, ​companies would ​agree to ​pay the ​pensioncontributions of their ​employees, and in ​returnworkers would ​sacrifice an equivalent ​amount from their ​salary.

equivalentnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ɪˈkwɪvələnt/
something that is the same ​amount, ​price, ​size, etc. as something else or has the same ​purpose as something else: The FSA has spoken to its New York equivalent, the SEC, ​regarding the ​takeover. The ​price of a ​barrel of ​crudeoil in the early 1980s went as high as $40 (the equivalent of $80 today).
equivalence
noun [U] /ɪˈkwɪvələns/ formal
The ​planrequiresnationalsystems to ​achieve equivalence to World Bank ​standards.
(Definition of equivalent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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