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Meaning & Definition of Equivalent in English

English

Equivalent

/ɪkwɪvələnt/

noun

1. A person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc

  • "Send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps"
    synonym:
  • equivalent

2. The atomic weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element

  • The standard is 8 for oxygen
    synonym:
  • equivalent
  • ,
  • equivalent weight
  • ,
  • combining weight
  • ,
  • eq

adjective

1. Being essentially equal to something

  • "It was as good as gold"
  • "A wish that was equivalent to a command"
  • "His statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt"
    synonym:
  • equivalent
  • ,
  • tantamount(p)

Examples of using

Two eggs provide 100 calories, the equivalent of some 100 grams of milk and 100 grams of meat.
"A is equivalent to B" has the same meaning as "A is true if and only if B is true".
The ages of the two children put together was equivalent to that of their father.