\ i-ˈkwip \
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)

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Synonyms for equip

Synonyms: Verb

fit, prepare, qualify, ready, season, train

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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


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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The Army is now fast-tracking a program to equip combat vehicles with advanced armor designed to counter the ATGM threat. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Powerful Antitank Missiles Put U.S. Forces in Middle East at Risk," 2 Jan. 2019 The idea, scientists said, is to equip the machine's already extensive network of transmitters and detectors with fresh equipment, capable of powering particle accelerations at higher speeds, thus spurring further advancement in the field. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Large Hadron Collider Is Going Offline So It Can Become More Powerful," 6 Dec. 2018 The Chinese government had previously been working on a program that would require new cars to be equipped with trackable RFID chips. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars," 30 Nov. 2018 Further Reading Consumer Reports agrees with Ars: GM Super Cruise beats Tesla Autopilot The QX50 is also Infiniti's first crossover or SUV to be equipped with ProPILOT Assist, which is also available in the Nissan Leaf. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Since taking office, Masisi has disarmed the country's anti-poaching unit, which used to be equipped with military-grade hardware, and supported the parliament's decision to lift a ban on elephant hunting for sport, NPR reports. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dozens of Killed Elephants Found Near Botswana's Okavango Delta," 4 Sep. 2018 But Huawei equipped the Watch GT with a battery that's designed to last a whopping two weeks on a single charge, with heart-rate monitoring turned on. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 Cardi B was in the middle of performing at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 15, when Offset appeared on stage, equipped with flowers and cake, attempting to get back together with the rapper. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Offset Interrupts Cardi B's Set at Rolling Loud Festival," 16 Dec. 2018 These results show how ill-equipped the overhead ratio is for evaluating the efficiency of nonprofit organizations. Jason Coupet And, WSJ, "When It Comes to Evaluating Nonprofits, It Isn’t All About the Overhead," 16 Dec. 2018

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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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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 \
equipped; equipping

Kids Definition of equip

: to provide with necessary supplies or features

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