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"Equiparado" is a form of "equiparar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to put on the same level". "Referido" is an adjective which is often translated as "above-mentioned". Learn more about the difference between "equiparado" and "referido" below.
equiparar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to equate)
a. to put on the same level
Hay quienes argumentan que no se pueden equiparar la ciencia y las creencias religiosas.Some argue that you can't put science on the same level as your religious beliefs.
b. to liken
No puedes equiparar su tardanza con un asesinato. No creo que su falta sea tan grave.You can't liken his lateness to murder. I don't think his offense was so extreme.
c. to compare
Rompí con Blas porque siempre me equiparaba con su ex.I broke up with Blas because he was always comparing me with his ex.
equipararse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to match)
a. to be compared
Como son caminos tan distintos, no puede equipararse una formación profesional con una carrera universitaria.Because they're such different paths, vocational training can't be compared with a college career.
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referido(
rreh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. above-mentioned
Las leyes referidas entrarán en vigor en 2017.The above-mentioned laws will enter into force in 2017.
b. aforementioned
El estudio referido muestra la correlación entre el incremento de la población y la contaminación.The aforementioned study shows the correlation between population growth and pollution.
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