\ 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)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Ukrainians have suffered steep losses, too—and might struggle to mobilize and equip reservists in time to take advantage of shifts in the war’s momentum. David Axe, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The plan for transition has four major phases, Wright wrote: engage, explore evaluate and equip. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2022 The donation will provide the momentum for raising the additional $4 million, which will be used to furnish and equip the interior of the new library, Walny said. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 Interview training is a must for companies to equip hiring managers with the ability to look beyond just the skills needed for an open requisition to also ensure the candidate aligns with the organization’s values. Sherika Epko, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 According to the report, the capital investment to equip the facilities and infrastructure at the two launch sites is roughly two hundred and ninety million dollars across ten years, from 2023 through 2032. David Rompf, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2022 The two batches of aid announced over the past week will provide Ukraine with enough artillery systems to equip five battalions, the Pentagon said. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 And, in an irony that won't have been lost on Washington, India relies heavily on Russian arms to equip its military -- including in the Himalayas. Rhea Mogul And Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 The South Carolina Department of Corrections last month completed a $50,000 project to equip a new death chamber for firing squad executions and created a new execution protocol. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ 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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