An example of to equate is to compare a brownie sundae to a chocolate cake with ice cream.
transitive verbequat′ed, equat′ing
- to make equal or equivalent; equalize
- to treat, regard, or express as equal, equivalent, identical, or closely related: to equate wealth with happiness
- Math. to state or express the equality of; put in the form of an equation
Origin of equateMiddle English equaten from Classical Latin aequatus, past participle of aequare, to make equal from aequus, plain, even
verbe·quat·ed, e·quat·ing, e·quates
- To make equal or equivalent.
- To reduce to a standard or an average; equalize.
- To consider, treat, or depict as equal or equivalent: equates inexperience with youth.
- To be or seem to be equal; correspond.
- To result in: feared that high taxes would equate to a sluggish economy.
Origin of equateMiddle English equaten from Latin aequāre aequāt- from aequus even, equal
(third-person singular simple present equates, present participle equating, simple past and past participle equated)
From Latin aequātus, past participle of aequō.