equal


equal
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noun
ADJECTIVE
intellectual, social
VERB + EQUAL
consider sb (as), regard sb as, treat sb as

He did not regard himself as her intellectual equal.

PREPOSITION
as an equal

He talks even to small children as equals.

between equals

An interview should be a conversation between equals.

without equal

His guitar playing is without equal.

PHRASES
be sb's equal

I shall never be his equal at chess.

first among equals

He was regarded as the ‘first among equals’ by the other office clerks.

have few equals

When it comes to plain speaking, she has few equals.

have no equal

In fighting, they had no equals.

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verb
Equal is used with these nouns as the object: ↑per cent, ↑record
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adj.
1 same in size, quantity, value, etc.
VERBS
be
become
make sth

We moved some of the better players to make the two sides equal.

ADVERB
absolutely, exactly, in every way, precisely

Their test results were equal in every way.

almost, essentially (esp. AmE), nearly, virtually
about, approximately, more or less, relatively (esp. AmE), roughly

The EU nations together have an economy about equal in size to that of the US.

just
at least

Fitness is important in soccer, but of at least equal importance are skills.

PREPOSITION
in

The two books are more or less equal in length.

to

One pound is roughly equal to two dollars.

2 having the same rights
VERBS
be
be born

I believe everyone is born equal.

ADVERB
genuinely, truly
3 equal to sth able to do sth
VERBS
be, feel, prove, seem

I hope that he proves equal to the challenge.

become
make sb

I felt that nothing could make me equal to the demands being made of me.

ADVERB
more than

I felt more than equal to the task.

Equal is used with these nouns: ↑access, ↑amount, ↑balance, ↑chance, ↑contest, ↑distance, ↑distribution, ↑division, ↑ease, ↑emphasis, ↑footing, ↑importance, ↑instalment, ↑number, ↑part, ↑participation, ↑partner, ↑partnership, ↑pay, ↑piece, ↑probability, ↑prominence, ↑proportion, ↑recognition, ↑representation, ↑respect, ↑right, ↑share, ↑size, ↑standing, ↑status, ↑stress, ↑treatment, ↑validity

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