equal - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    the same in value, amount, or size

    All the workers have an equal share in the profits.

    of equal value/size/quality etc:

    His wife was doing work of equal importance.

    equal in value/size/quality etc:

    An extension, equal in height to the main building, was added later.

    equal to:

    They receive an income equal to the value of the goods they produce.

    roughly/approximately equal:

    Roughly equal numbers of men and women enrol each year.

  2. 2
    having or deserving the same rights and opportunities as other people

    He believed that all men and women were equal.

    They are equal partners in every aspect of their lives.

    1. a.
      [usually before noun] giving people the same rights and opportunities

      Men and women should receive equal pay for equal work.

      Everyone should have equal access to healthcare services.

      equal rights:

      He supported equal rights for all citizens.

  3. 3
    an equal game, fight, election, or competition is between people or groups that have the same ability