Vocabulary Building: “EQUIVALENT” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “equivalent.”

Let’s break it into parts and learn the word’s origin.

The root of the word – “val” comes from Latin “valere,” which means “to be worth.” That’s where the word “value” comes form as well.

Prefix “equi” comes from Latin “aequus” and means “equal.”

And suffix “-ent” in English helps form an adjective or a noun and means “that which…”

And thus, the literal meaning of “equivalent” is “that which is of equal value.”

An equivalent is something that has the same or equal value, meaning, amount, or function.

So, again, “equivalent” can be a noun or an adjective.

Here is an example of how to use it in a sentence as a noun:

“One American dollar is an equivalent of .89 Euro.”

Here’s how to use it as an adjective to say the same thing:

“One American dollar is equivalent to .89 Euro.”

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