\ 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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The White House also built a Covid-19 student community corps to equip young people with tools to go into their communities and talk about getting vaccinated. Rachel Janfaza, CNN, 3 July 2021 In Boston, leaders at Boston Children's have worked with local lawmakers and started community service efforts to improve mental health resources at schools and training at primary care centers to equip doctors to manage acute problems early on. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 1 July 2021 Finance Committee aldermen also recommended spending a total of about $96,000 to construct a digital equipment storage room at the Safety Center, and equip it with certain bodycam accessories and required operational items. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 25 June 2021 Hence, the multiple aspects of IoT security assessments can help to equip IoT platforms with enhanced security measures. Lara Sokolova, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 sparked a small upgrade cycle in 2019, but the pandemic really juiced demand, as workers and students sent home rushed to equip themselves. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 29 May 2021 This year’s second-gen UTG panels will equip the Flip 3 and Fold 3, bringing S Pen stylus support to the latter. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 June 2021 Applying the Lean methodology at every step can equip providers to be more successful at vaccinating every person as quickly and safely as possible with as little waste as possible. Timothy Mccracken, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Blunt has also been telling members that if the goal of a commission is to understand security failures and better equip the Capitol, waiting another seven months to get those answers isn't useful. Lauren Fox, CNN, 20 May 2021

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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 26 Jul. 2021.

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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 He was equipped as though he were going into the woods.— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan

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