English dictionary

equivalent meaning and definition

EQUIVALENT noun

Definition of equivalent (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"
  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

EQUIVALENT adjective

Definition of equivalent (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"
    • synonyms: tantamount
Source: Princeton University Wordnet