on an equal footing meaning, on an equal footing definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( equals    plural & 3rd person present)   ( equalling    present participle)   ( equalled    past tense & past participle  )
in AM, use equaling, equaled     
1       adj   If two things are equal or if one thing is equalto another, they are the same in size, number, standard, or value.  
oft ADJ to n  
Investors can borrow an amount equal to the property's purchase price., ...in a population having equal numbers of men and women..., Research and teaching are of equal importance.     
2       adj   If different groups of people have equal rights or are given equal treatment, they have the same rights or are treated the same as each other, however different they are.  
usu ADJ n  
We will be justly demanding equal rights at work., ...the commitment to equal opportunities., ...new legislation allowing building societies to compete on equal terms with their competitors.     
3       adj   If you say that people are equal, you mean that they have or should have the same rights and opportunities as each other.  
v-link ADJ  
We are equal in every way..., At any gambling game, everyone is equal.     
4       n-count   Someone who is your equal has the same ability, status, or rights as you have.  
poss N  
She was one of the boys, their equal..., You should have married somebody more your equal.     
5       adj   If someone is equal to a particular job or situation, they have the necessary ability, strength, or courage to deal successfully with it.  
v-link ADJ to n  
She was determined that she would be equal to any test the corporation put to them...     
6       v-link   If something equals a particular number or amount, it is the same as that amount or the equivalent of that amount.  
9 percent interest less 7 percent inflation equals 2 percent...      V amount  
7       verb   To equal something or someone means to be as good or as great as them.  
The victory equalled Southend's best in history...      V n  
8    If you say `other things being equal' or `all things being equal' when talking about a possible situation, you mean if nothing unexpected happens or if there are no other factors which affect the situation.  
other/all things being equal      phrase   PHR with cl  
Other things being equal, most tenants would prefer single to shared rooms...     

equal opportunities     
Equal opportunities refers to the policy of giving everyone the same opportunities for employment, pay and promotion, without discriminating against particular groups.     (BUSINESS)      n-plural  
The profession's leaders must take action now to promote equal opportunities for all.     
equal opportunities employer        ( equal opportunities employers    plural  ) An equal opportunities employer is an employer who gives people the same opportunities for employment, pay, and promotion, without discrimination against anyone.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
The police force is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.     
equal sign        ( equal signs    plural  )
in BRIT, also use equals sign      An equal sign is the sign =, which is used in arithmetic to indicate that two numbers or sets of numbers are equal.      n-count  
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Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
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