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Definition of "equivalent" []

  • Equal, as in value, force, or meaning. (adjective)
  • Having similar or identical effects. (adjective)
  • Being essentially equal, all things considered: a wish that was equivalent to a command. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Capable of being put into a one-to-one relationship. Used of two sets. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Having virtually identical or corresponding parts. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "equivalent" in a sentence
  • "At our club, the minimum requirement for becoming an instructor for any class is that you have taken a dog through obedience competition to earn a title equivalent or higher than the level that you are teaching."
  • "Kol tribe, and Bhumij, another term equivalent to Bhuiya, of a second branch."
  • "His interest continued at Cornell University, where he majored in physics and wrote what he calls his equivalent of a MacArthur "genius" grant: the words to what would become the popular Peter, Paul and Mary song, "Puff the Magic Dragon.""