Definition of equalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈēkwəˌlīz/


[with object]
1Make the same in quantity, size, or degree throughout a place or group: incentives to equalize funding for school districts
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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.
1.1 [no object] Become equal to a specified or standard level: equal volumes tend to equalize in temperature
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  • As political pricing expands, standards of living equalize.
  • ‘International standards have equalized to FAS 133 but they are filled with compromises,’ said Tweedie.
  • Incidentally, you can minimize condensation by keeping your camera in its case or camera bag when you bring it inside, and giving the camera enough time for the temperatures to equalize before removing it.
1.2 [with object] Make uniform in application or effect: the act was structured to equalize the status of a defendant
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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, level, regularize, standardize, balance, square, match;
bring into line



Pronunciation: /ˌēkwələˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌēkwəˌlīˈzāSH(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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Syllabification: e·qual·ize

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