1 adjective
1 SAME the same in size, value, amount, number etc as something else: Jennifer cut the cake into six equal pieces.
(+ to): A pound is roughly equal to 500 grams. | of equal power/strength/weight: Choose two stones of roughly equal weight and size.
2 SAME RIGHTS/CHANCES having the same rights, opportunities etc as everyone else, whatever your race, religion, or sex: Our constitution states that all men are equal. | equal opportunities (=the same chances of employment, pay etc for everyone): This company is an equal opportunity employer. | equal rights (=the same rights for everyone): a clear statement guaranteeing equal rights for women
3 BE ABLE be equal to to have the ability to deal with a problem, piece of work etc successfully: I'm sure Barbara's quite equal to the task.
4 AS GOOD AS having as high a standard or quality as something else: religious architecture equal to any in the world
5 on equal terms with neither side having any advantage over the other: a new law to enable small businesses to compete on equal terms with large multinational corporations
6 all (other) things being equal spoken used when saying what you would normally choose, unless there were special facts to consider: I'd rather go by train, all other things being equal.
2 verb equalled, equalling BrE equaled, equaling AmE
1 (linking verb) to be exactly the same in size, number, or amount as something else: Two plus two equals four. | Trade should balance when supply equals demand.
2 (T) to be as good as or get to the same standard as someone or something else: Thompson equalled the world record.
3 (T) to produce a particular result or effect: A highly-trained workforce equals high productivity.
3 noun (C)
1 someone who is as important, intelligent etc as you are, or who has the same rights and opportunities as you do: It's a relief to find a boss who treats employees as equals.
2 be without equal also have no equal formal to be better than everyone or everything else of the same type: His paintings are without equal in the Western world.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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