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 for equate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Equate \E*quate"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Equated; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Equating.] [L. aequatus, p. p. of aequare to make level
     or equal, fr. aequus level, equal. See Equal.]
     To make equal; to reduce to an average; to make such an
     allowance or correction in as will reduce to a common
     standard of comparison; to reduce to mean time or motion; as,
     to equate payments; to equate lines of railroad for grades or
     curves; equated distances.
     [1913 Webster]
           Palgrave gives both scrolle and scrowe and equates both
           to F[rench] rolle.                       --Skeat
                                                    (Etymol. Dict.
     [1913 Webster]
     Equating for grades (Railroad Engin.), adding to the
        measured distance one mile for each twenty feet of ascent.
     Equating for curves, adding half a mile for each 360
        degrees of curvature.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; "We
           can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans"; "You cannot
           equate success in financial matters with greed" [syn:
           compare, liken, equate]
      2: be equivalent or parallel, in mathematics [syn: equate,
      3: make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; "let's
         equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; "The
         company matched the discount policy of its competitors" [syn:
         equal, match, equalize, equalise, equate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  57 Moby Thesaurus words for "equate":
     accommodate, adjust, align, ally, apply, assimilate, associate,
     balance, bind, bracket, cancel, collimate, collineate, compare,
     compensate, connect, consider, coordinate, correlate, correspond,
     counterbalance, counterpoise, countervail, couple, draw a parallel,
     equalize, equidistance, even, even up, fit, follow, hold, identify,
     integrate, interrelate, level, liken, line up, link, match,
     paragon, parallel, parallelize, place parallel to, poise,
     proportion, realign, regard, relate, relativize, represent,
     similize, square, strike a balance, tie, treat, wed

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