- The definition of equal is someone or something with the same quantity or value, or someone having the same rights as another.
- An example of equal is one cup being the same as eight ounces.
- An example of equal is women getting the same pay as men for the same work.
Two spheres of equal weight.
equal definition by Webster's New World
- of the same quantity, size, number, value, degree, intensity, quality, etc.
- having the same rights, privileges, ability, rank, etc.
- evenly proportioned; balanced or uniform in effect or operation
- having the necessary ability, strength, power, capacity, or courage: with to: equal to the challenge
- Archaic fair; just; impartial
- Archaic smooth and flat; level
- Archaic equable
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin aequalis, equal ; from aequus, level, even, flat
equal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.
- Mathematics Being the same or identical to in value.
- a. Having the same privileges, status, or rights: equal before the law.b. Being the same for all members of a group: gave every player an equal chance to win.
- a. Having the requisite qualities, such as strength or ability, for a task or situation: “Elizabeth found herself quite equal to the scene” (Jane Austen).b. Adequate in extent, amount, or degree.
- Impartial; just; equitable.
- Tranquil; equable.
- Showing or having no variance in proportion, structure, or appearance.
- To be equal to, especially in value.
- To do, make, or produce something equal to: equaled the world record in the mile run.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin aequālis, from aequus, even, level.
- eˈqual·ly adverb