Basic+ Word of the Day: equal

equal (adjective, noun) LISTEN

Equal rights

Equal means ‘the same in quantity, degree or value.’

  • The red dress and the blue dress of are equal value, but I prefer the blue one.
  • Both job applicants have equal experience, but I like Jeremy better.

Equal also means ‘to be equal.’

  • Twelve inches equal one foot.
  • The marathon runner tried to equal her time from last year's race.

Equal is also someone or something of an equivalent value.

  • Although Sally was promoted to manager, she still considered her co-workers as equals.
  • The apple pie at the diner has no equal.

Did you know?

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

In pop culture

Watch Emma Watson speak to the United Nations about gender equality. You can also read the English subtitles:

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