Pronunciation: (i-kwāt'), [key]
—v.t., e•quat•ed, e•quat•ing.
1. to regard, treat, or represent as equivalent: We cannot equate the possession of wealth with goodness.
2. to state the equality of or between; put in the form of an equation: to equate growing prosperity with the physical health of a nation.
3. to reduce to an average; make such correction or allowance in as will reduce to a common standard of comparison.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.