equip·​ment | \i-ˈkwip-mənt \

Definition of equipment 

1a : the set of articles or physical resources serving to equip a person or thing: such as

(1) : the implements used in an operation or activity : apparatus sports equipment

(2) : all the fixed assets other than land and buildings of a business enterprise

(3) : the rolling stock of a railway

b : a piece of such equipment

2a : the equipping of a person or thing

b : the state of being equipped

3 : mental or emotional traits or resources : endowment

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Examples of equipment in a Sentence

The photographer came early to set up his equipment. I'm looking for a hobby that doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. an expensive piece of medical equipment Not enough funds were provided for the equipment of the troops.
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Recent Examples on the Web

China also provides internet equipment and AI systems to a number of countries. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China is making the internet less free, and US tech companies are helping," 2 Nov. 2018 From boutique fitness studios to at-home equipment and online streaming services, today’s workout options are seemingly limitless. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Now, There’s a Mirror That Beams Live Fitness Classes Into Your Home," 15 Oct. 2018 Over the past few months, Toys R Us has closed almost all of its stores, shut down its website, and held mega-sales to get rid of all of its merchandise and assets — store equipment and fixtures included. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why bankrupt Toys R Us might not be dead after all," 3 Oct. 2018 Earlier this month, John Mayer's mansion was burglarized and thoroughly ransacked, with a group of thieves getting away with about $200,000 worth of music equipment and other personal property. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Reportedly Victim of Attempted Robbery," 22 Aug. 2018 Construction on new playground equipment for Homer Glen’s Heritage Park is expected to begin soon. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 July 2018 The kitchen is complete with brand new commercial equipment that will make any chef proud. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Listed a Hotel in Texas and We Want to Buy It Immediately," 8 July 2018 Unifi my Wi-Fi Ubiquiti makes all manner of stuff, ranging from wired gear to full-on heavy-duty WISP equipment. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home," 5 July 2018 The success of the expedition necessitated the pioneering of new equipment that would use renewable energy to melt snow and ice into hot water on the move in the Antarctic. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Expedition Antarctica: A father and son's journey to save the planet," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of equipment

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of equipment was in 1651

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English Language Learners Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose

: the act of equipping someone or something


equip·​ment | \i-ˈkwip-mənt \

Kids Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose



Legal Definition of equipment 

: the implements used in an operation or activity specifically, in the Uniform Commercial Code : goods that are not inventory, farm products, or consumer goods

Note: This definition, found in Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, applies to other Code articles as well.

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