Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

equal

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective British English pronunciation: equal /ˈiːkwəl/
  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.

phrases

property porn

a type of television programme, magazine article, etc which shows off desirable homes …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

chimera

a plan or course of action that is not possible to achieve

Open Dictionary

flat design

a type of design used on the web which excludes features which give a three-dimensional effect … and uses simple styles

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog