\ i-ˈkwip How to pronounce equip (audio) \
equipped; equipping

Definition of equip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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



Definition of equip (Entry 2 of 2)

Synonyms for equip

Synonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of equip in a Sentence

Verb More money was needed to train and equip the troops. Equipped with a hoe and a shovel, I headed for the garden. Her training has equipped her to deal with emergencies. She is well-equipped to deal with emergencies. Those students are not equipped for the challenges of college.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From donating time, giving money, or leveraging an area of expertise, French Gates draws on lessons from her personal philanthropic journey to equip viewers with the tools to begin giving. Moira Forbes, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 To mitigate this type of discrimination, this CAU’s program is aiming to equip students with resources to build and operate AI systems. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 15 Aug. 2022 There was everything from meeting adoptable pets from Orphans of the Storm to photographers giving tips to equip attendees to enter the festival’s photo contest. Corey Schmidt, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 The summit was a three-day event to equip members from 30 states on how to elect more conservative candidates to school boards. Joshua Q. Nelson, Fox News, 18 July 2022 About half of the money was set aside to equip school police officers with bullet-resistant shields. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 18 July 2022 The powerful antitank weapons have come to symbolize U.S. involvement in Ukraine and the race to equip its army for the devastating fight that has unfolded. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 To meet threats head-on, financial institutions should explore dynamic technology solutions that not only meet the challenge of today but equip them for the threats of tomorrow. Adam Hughes, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Germany has opted for the Lockheed Martin F-35 to re-equip its air force, rather than Boeing’s F/A-18. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of equip


1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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\ i-ˈkwip How to pronounce equip (audio) \
equipped; equipping

Kids Definition of equip

: to provide with necessary supplies or features He was equipped as though he were going into the woods.— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan

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