Definition of equalize in English:


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(also British equalise)
  • 1with object Make the same in quantity, size, or degree throughout a place or group.

    • ‘incentives to equalize funding for school districts’
    1. 1.1Make uniform in application or effect.
      • ‘the act was structured to equalize the status of a defendant’
      make equal, make even, even off, even out, even up, make level, level, level off, level up, make uniform, make the same, make consistent, regularize, standardize, bring into line, balance, square, match
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    2. 1.2no object Become equal to a specified or standard level.
      ‘equal volumes tend to equalize in temperature’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Allow them to sit in their bag in the pond water, until the temperatures equalise, before releasing them.’
      • ‘Clay seeks to equalize, levelling out advantages, especially the big serve and the big ground stroke, and is a contest essentially of not losing rather than winning.’
      • ‘The air moves because it is equalizing with something else farther along.’
      • ‘As a result, oil prices equalize around the globe (adjusting for differences in quality and transportation costs).’
      • ‘The Democratic Party has always been able to equalize only with massive soft money contributions from the very wealthy, such as celebrities.’
      • ‘I think it is likely that prices would, to a large extent, equalize between the two countries over the medium term.’
      • ‘As the barometric pressure outside shifts, caves equalize by breathing either in or out.’
  • 2British no object Level the score in a match by scoring a goal.

    • ‘Morgan equalized ten minutes into the second half’
    even up the score, draw
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/ˈēkwəˌlīz/ /ˈikwəˌlaɪz/


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