equal vs equalise what difference

what is difference between equal and equalise


Alternative forms

  • æqual (archaic), æquall (archaic)


Borrowed from Latin aequālis, of unknown origin. Doublet of egal.


  • enPR: ēk’wəl, IPA(key): /ˈiːkwəl/
  • Rhymes: -iːkwəl


equal (not generally comparable, comparative more equal, superlative most equal)

  1. (not comparable) The same in all respects.
    • 1705, George Cheyne, The Philosophical Principles of Religion Natural and Revealed
      They who are not disposed to receive them may let them alone or reject them; it is equal to me.
  2. (mathematics, not comparable) Exactly identical, having the same value.
  3. (obsolete) Fair, impartial.
    • Are not my ways equal?
  4. (comparable) Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.
    • 1881, Jane Austen, Emma, page 311
      her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning, the superior intelligence, of those five letters so arranged.
    • much less is it in my power to make my commendations equal to your merits.
    • 1842, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Threnody
      [] whose voice an equal messenger / Conveyed thy meaning mild.
  5. (obsolete) Not variable; equable; uniform; even.
    • an equal temper
  6. (music) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; not mixed.

Usage notes

  • In mathematics, this adjective can be used in phrases like “A and B are equal”, “A is equal to B”, and, less commonly, “A is equal with B”.
  • The most common comparative use is the ironic expression more equal.


  • (the same in all respects): identical
  • (the same in all relevant respects): equivalent
  • (unvarying): even, fair, uniform, unvarying



equal (third-person singular simple present equals, present participle (Commonwealth) equalling or (US) equaling, simple past and past participle (Commonwealth) equalled or (US) equaled)

  1. (mathematics, copulative) To be equal to, to have the same value as; to correspond to.
  2. (transitive) To make equivalent to; to cause to match.
  3. (informal) To have as its consequence.


  • (to be equal to): be, is
  • (informal, have as its consequence): entail, imply, lead to, mean, result in, spell



equal (plural equals)

  1. A person or thing of equal status to others.
    • Those who were once his equals envy and defame him.
  2. (obsolete) State of being equal; equality.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)


  • (person or thing of equal status to others): peer

Derived terms

Related terms

  • equality



  • Quale, quale, queal



equal +‎ -ise


equalise (third-person singular simple present equalises, present participle equalising, simple past and past participle equalised)

  1. Non-Oxford British English standard form of equalize.

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