verb \ i-ˈkwip \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of equip

equipped; equipping
1 : to furnish for service or action by appropriate provisioning
  • equip an army
2 : dress, array
3 : to make ready : prepare
  • wasn't equipped to handle the pressures of the job

Examples of equip in a Sentence

  1. More money was needed to train and equip the troops.

  2. Equipped with a hoe and a shovel, I headed for the garden.

  3. Her training has equipped her to deal with emergencies.

  4. She is well-equipped to deal with emergencies.

  5. Those students are not equipped for the challenges of college.

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Origin and Etymology of equip

modification of Anglo-French eskiper, eschiper to load on board a ship, embark, outfit, man, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scipian equip a ship, scip ship

Synonym Discussion of equip

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function.
    • a sparsely furnished apartment
equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use.
    • a fully equipped kitchen
outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation.
    • outfitted the family for a ski trip
appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings.
    • a lavishly appointed apartment
accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity.
    • fully accoutred members of a polar expedition




Definition of equip

EQUIP Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of equip for English Language Learners

  • : to provide (someone) with necessary materials or supplies

  • : to provide (something) with a particular feature or ability

  • : to prepare (someone) for a particular activity or problem

EQUIP Defined for Kids


verb \ i-ˈkwip \

Definition of equip for Students

equipped; equipping
: to provide with necessary supplies or features

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