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equal

adjective  /ˈi·kwəl/ us  

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 its citizens.
equally
adjective  /ˈi·kwə·li/ us  
The money was shared equally among the three sisters.

equal

noun [C]  /ˈi·kwəl/ us  

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-around athlete he has no equal (= no one else is as good).

equal

verb  /ˈi·kwəl/ (symbol =) us  

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.
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