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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: equal /ˈiːkwəl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyequal
he/she/itequals
present participleequalling
past tenseequalled
past participleequalled
  1. 1
    to be the same in value or amount as something else

    Five plus three equals eight.

    This is the point where total cost equals total revenue.

    1. a.
  2. 2
    [often passive] to achieve the same standard or level of ability as someone else

    He did everything with a style that I have never seen equalled.

    She equalled the record with a time of 27.69 seconds.

    1. a.
      to be as good or large as something else

      His personal vanity was equalled only by his fear of failure.

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