Definition of equivalent in English:


Line breaks: equiva|lent
Pronunciation: /ɪˈkwɪv(ə)l(ə)nt


  • 1Equal in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.: one unit is equivalent to one glass of wine
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    • But hang on to the receipt in case you want to exchange it for something of equivalent value in case you don't need that day or you've had it before.
    • Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.
    • We will panic about being unable to afford to replace the boiler and then, on impulse, book a weekend in Ibiza that costs the equivalent amount.
  • 1.1 (equivalent to) Having the same or a similar effect as: some regulations are equivalent to censorship
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    • Additionally, the effect of watching fish was determined to be equivalent to the effect of hypnosis.
    • The effect is equivalent to always rejecting the face-up card that is passed to you.
    • Aids currently causes deaths equivalent to the Holocaust every two years.
  • 1.2 Mathematics Belonging to the same equivalence class.
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    • 1 is equivalent to 16, because both have remainder 1 when you divide by three, but 2 is NOT equivalent to 7 because 2 has remainder 2, but 7 has remainder 1.
    • A is equivalent to A for all A in the set of upper case Latin characters.


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  • 1A person or thing that is equal to or corresponds with another in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.: the French equivalent of the Bank of England
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    • This amount is the equivalent today to about $750, but in terms of rupees it is not an insignificant sum.
    • Money, the means of expression of value as a symbolic equivalent, is comparable, Marx said, to language.
    • Marias opens the piece by talking about how some phrases just don't have a similar equivalent in other languages.
    counterpart, parallel, alternative, match, complement, analogue, double, twin, opposite number; equal, peer, rival; answer
    rare coequal
  • 2 (also equivalent weight) Chemistry The mass of a particular substance that can combine with or displace one gram of hydrogen or eight grams of oxygen, used in expressing combining powers, especially of elements.
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    • The equivalent of a substance is the mass which supplies or consumes one mole of another substance in a reaction.
    • It is defined as the number of equivalents of solute per volume of solution in liters.
    • There go four equivalents of carbon monoxide into your blood cells, and there's only so long you can keep that up.



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  • There is no equivalently left-wing analogue with any clout in the United States.
  • Yes, the two parties are equivalently malignant this way.
  • Not that all fantastic theories are equivalently nonsensical.


late Middle English (describing persons who were equal in power or rank): via Old French from late Latin aequivalent- 'being of equal worth', from the verb aequivalere, from aequi- 'equally' + valere 'be worth'.

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