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

Definition of equip

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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 Officers generally won't equip with spit hoods without their department's approval, Epperson said. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Here's what spit socks and spit hoods are, and how police use them," 5 Sep. 2020 Before gearing up and venturing out on an overnight adventure into the wilderness, equip yourself with the knowledge to blaze the right trail. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "12 Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Multiday Hike, According to Experts," 5 Sep. 2020 During the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, governments around the world scrambled to equip their health systems with ventilators to treat seriously-ill patients, with industries like the automobile sector also making the devices. Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg.com, "Philips Cuts Outlook After U.S. Slashes Ventilator Contract," 31 Aug. 2020 The Biden administration will make the investments necessary to equip our troops for the challenges of the next century, not the last one. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "The Amorphous Biden Doctrine," 31 Aug. 2020 For years doctors urged Evo Morales, the socialist president who was overthrown last November, to boost production in La Paz, the administrative capital, or to equip hospitals with systems to make their own. The Economist, "Democracy deferred Protests and the pandemic bring chaos to Bolivia," 15 Aug. 2020 The Trump administration fails to understand that blocking foreign workers will not suddenly equip Americans with the skills needed for the jobs. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Trump’s latest offensive against H-1B visas is an election ploy based on misinformation," 4 Aug. 2020 Tech company Bosch will equip the garage with Lidar and other sensors — also using parts that are commercially available today. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Project inside parking garage is closed to public — but could change valet parking," 26 Aug. 2020 But our mission remains the same, to rally community support to inspire and equip Minneapolis students for careers, college and life. Star Tribune, "AchieveMpls launches student support fund to address trauma of pandemic, George Floyd killing," 7 Aug. 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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15 Sep 2020

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“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 24 Sep. 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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