v., e·quat·ed, e·quat·ing, e·quates. v.tr.
- To make equal or equivalent.
- To reduce to a standard or an average; equalize.
- To consider, treat, or depict as equal or equivalent: equates inexperience with youth.
To be or seem to be equal; correspond.
[Middle English equaten, from Latin aequāre, aequāt-, from aequus, even, equal.]
- Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need. See synonyms at sufficient.
- Barely satisfactory or sufficient: The skater's technique was only adequate.
[Latin adaequātus, past participle of adaequāre, to equalize : ad-, ad- + aequāre, to make equal, from aequus, equal.]adequacy ad'e·qua·cy (-kwə-sē) or ad'e·quate·ness n.
adequately ad'e·quate·ly adv.