Definition of equally in English:


Syllabification: e·qual·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈēkwəlē


  • 1In the same manner: all children should be treated equally
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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.
  • 2To the same extent or degree: [as submodifier]: follow-up discussion is equally important
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    • In equally spectacular manner, Hawick signed off with a solo try from young No 8 Craig Sutherland.
    • In an equally cliched manner, she could also be described as a ‘fiery ball of energy’.
    • The disposal of chicken waste is done in an equally haphazard and insensitive manner.
  • 2.1 [sentence adverb] In addition and having the same importance (used to introduce a further comment on a topic): 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—for example in follow-up discussion is equally as important —is relatively common but is sometimes criticized on the grounds of redundancy. Equally used alone is adequate: follow-up discussion is equally important .

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