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equipped; equipping

transitive verb

: to furnish for service or action by appropriate provisioning
equip an army
: to make ready : prepare
wasn't equipped to handle the pressures of the job


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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Development should be informed by community members who are both equipped to provide useful feedback and open to change. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2024 Today Waymo’s fleet consists of Jaguar I-Pace electric SUVs equipped with an array of sensors. David Meyer, Fortune, 29 May 2024 But most surprising has been the Russian economy’s capacity to field and equip a growing army amid a long, grinding war of attrition, while continuing to provide stable living standards for the population. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 May 2024 Students who have already equipped their dorm might want need a reset on a few essential items, such as bathroom supplies or utilities. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for equip 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of equip was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


equipped; equipping
: to provide with the necessary materials or supplies for service or action
: to make ready : prepare

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