Definition of equalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːkwəlʌɪz/
(also equalise)


1 [with object] Make the same in quantity, size, or degree throughout a place or group: the purpose is to equalize the workload among tutors
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  • For more than two decades, lawsuits to equalize school funding have been wending their way through the courts in 44 states.
  • This is extremely good value for money as the budget is used to equalise wealth throughout the EU with a higher share going to develop the poorer nations of Europe.
  • In a reply to a correspondent you further elaborate that the rate of profit is being equalized throughout the entire economy.
1.1Make uniform in application or effect: Britain is required to equalize pension rights between men and women
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  • The possible equalizing effect of public education would be lost.
  • That suggests that selection for recombination properties was sufficiently strong to overcome equalizing effects of migration even for such mobile organisms as fruit flies.
  • The second column in table 1 contains the results with a weighting scheme that equalizes the total effect of direct and second-order interactions.
make equal, make even, even out/up/off, make level, level (up/off), make uniform, make the same, make consistent, regularize, standardize, bring into line, balance, square, match
2 [no object] British Level the score in a match by scoring a goal: Morgan equalized ten minutes into the second half
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  • Town fought back well with Chris Alderson scoring two goals to equalise.
  • Michael McGinn scored and they had a chance to equalise but Shipley scored again minutes from full time.
  • Ten minutes later they equalised when James Dunne scored from a corner kick.
level the score, even up the score, draw



Pronunciation: /iːkwəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Ms. Bauer has asked that the balance of her equalization be satisfied by the court ordering the husband to assume her share of certain joint debts.
  • If equalization in education, seen in elementary, middle and high schools, is extended to the universities, we have no future.
  • The long avoided move was made after strong criticism from German tourist operators, who insisted on price equalization.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'be equal to'): from equal + -ize, partly suggested by French égaliser.

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