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From Middle English equaten, from Latin aequātus, past participle of aequō.



equate (third-person singular simple present equates, present participle equating, simple past and past participle equated)

  1. (transitive) To consider equal or equivalent.
  2. (transitive, mathematics) To set as equal.
    • 1960 February, “Talking of Trains”, in Trains Illustrated, page 67:
      Mr. Hoyle, who does not believe many multiple-unit diesel services on secondary routes will resist for ever the road transport challenge, would forgo passenger traffic altogether on a little-used route in order to improve the quality of the freight working and reduce its costs by equating the average speed of all trains on the line concerned.


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equate (plural equates)

  1. (programming) A statement in assembly language that defines a symbol having a particular value.
    • 2005, Arnold S. Berger, Hardware and Computer Organization, page 220:
      The first section of the program includes the system equates.
    • 2009, Saifullah Khalid, Neetu Agrawal, Microprocessor System (page 256)
      The following equates define the stats byte []
    • 2012, J. S. Anderson, Microprocessor Technology, page 221:
      You can learn much about user routines, labels, displacements, equates (EQU) and so on, by modifying this program and observing the results on the screen.