Definition of equally in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːkw(ə)li/


1In the same manner or to the same extent: all children should be treated equally [as submodifier]: follow-up discussion is equally important
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  • In other words, to ensure good governance where all are treated equally and justly.
  • Is there reason to believe that we are not treating all employees equally and fairly?
  • When they talk about one law for all, are they talking about a law that is impartial and treats all people equally?
1.1In amounts or parts that are the same in size: the money can be divided equally between you
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  • Everything there must be divided equally into six shares and distributed as soon as possible.
  • If the parents earn the same amount, then they will share equally in the cost of raising that child.
  • By slacking, you simply reduce the size of the pie that your parents will eventually divide equally.
1.2 [sentence adverb] In addition and having the same importance (used to introduce a further comment): not all who live in inner cities are poor; equally, many poor people live outside inner cities
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  • They are willing to do good as long as it is conducive to their self interest, but, equally, they are willing to do evil also.
  • Equally, they are divided on how skills emerge and develop.


The construction equally as, as in follow-up discussion is equally as important, is relatively common but is condemned on the grounds of redundancy. Either word can be used alone and be perfectly correct, e.g. follow-up discussion is equally important or follow-up discussion is as important.

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