\ 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
3 : to make ready : prepare wasn't equipped to handle the pressures of the job

Definition of equip (Entry 2 of 2)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The program also instructs teachers on how to deliver productive sport lessons that will equip students with valuable life skills. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate Serves an Ace with a Tennis-Inspired Dress," 10 July 2020 CTIA Wireless Foundation is catalyzing the ability of innovators to equip American communities with the tools to improve health and wellness. The Editors, Town & Country, "All About Town & Country's 2020 Philanthropy Summit," 24 June 2020 These ongoing conversations can serve as a catalyst for necessary change, can better equip those in positions of privilege to uplift and protect communities of color, and can help build a more equitable future for all children. Danielle Campoamor, Woman's Day, "How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism, and Keep the Conversation Going," 4 June 2020 Police agencies that equip their officers with body cameras also include the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the Mesa Police Department and the Flagstaff Police Department. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Democrats call for special legislative session to address police reform, offer 5 suggestions," 3 June 2020 The program aiming to equip 10 officers per day has been set, according to the release. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD signs contract to begin body camera use program. Here's what we know.," 9 July 2020 Transfusions of blood plasma have long been used for diseases without a cure to equip the ill with disease-fighting antibodies. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Here’s what San Antonio doctors have learned about treating COVID-19," 19 June 2020 Their evolutionary heritage simply did not equip them for these extremely harsh environments. Andrew L. Hipp, Scientific American, "How Oak Trees Evolved to Rule the Forests of the Northern Hemisphere," 15 July 2020 The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department signed a contract Thursday to begin a program that will equip officers with body cameras over the course of 5 and a half years, according to a news release. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD signs contract to begin body camera use program. Here's what we know.," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of equip was in 1523

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10 Aug 2020

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“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of equip

: 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


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

Kids Definition of equip

: to provide with necessary supplies or features

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