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verb     equalize pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participleequalizing
past tenseequalized
past participleequalized
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something the same in size, amount, or importance for everyone in a place or for all the members of a group

    The plan is to equalize spending for all school districts.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] British to score a goal or win a point in a game that gives you the same score as the opposing team

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     equalization pronunciation in British English
/ˌiːkwəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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