When you equate one thing with another, you say that they are both the same. You might equate indulging in a hot fudge sundae with giving up on your body entirely, but I would disagree.

To equate means to make things equal, and it’s a useful word because this is something people do all the time. They equate strong political views with fascism, they equate having lots of money with good taste, and they equate popularity with goodness. Remember, though, that just because you equate one thing with another does not mean that they really are the same! As you have no doubt noticed, equate has the Latin root equ that means "equal, level," so look there if you need a reminder as to its meaning.

Definitions of equate

v consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

“You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed”
compare, liken
Type of:
consider, study
give careful consideration to

v be equivalent or parallel, in mathematics

Type of:
be, equal
be identical or equivalent to

v make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching

equal, equalise, equalize, match
equal, match, rival, touch
be equal to in quality or ability
homologise, homologize
make homologous
homogenise, homogenize
cause to become equal or homogeneous as by mixing
draw, tie
finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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