\ 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
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: 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 family of Jonathan Udall sued the helicopter company and the aircraft manufacturer, accusing them of failing to equip the helicopter with the crash-resistant system. Felicia Fonseca, The Arizona Republic, "NTSB: Grand Canyon helicopter crash that killed 5 British tourists likely caused by wind," 15 Jan. 2021 The new law requires remaining departments to equip officers on patrol with the cameras. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "New Jersey will require all police on patrol to wear body camera," 25 Nov. 2020 Art has a responsibility to equip us for the challenge of being human. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Times are bad, so keep your uplift. Give me ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘The Godfather’," 14 Jan. 2021 Biden has pushed to better equip public K-12 schools with funding to increase teacher pay, health and academic resources for students, and funding and support to improve overall infrastructure. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Trump vs. Biden: A breakdown of their stances on major issues," 25 Oct. 2020 And while all officers get 40 hours of crisis intervention training, Wittwer said, that doesn’t equip them to handle really difficult encounters. Libby Seline, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Police shooting of boy with autism in Salt Lake City leads to calls for more crisis intervention teams," 3 Oct. 2020 Under one bill, new building projects creating three or more new parking spots would have to equip at least a fifth of new spots — or one spot if fewer than five are created — to be able to charge electrical vehicles. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. Council braces for brawls over business regulation, policing as bill deadline looms," 30 Nov. 2020 Light therapy includes products like this HappyLight, which emits 10,000 units of lux intensity, which is exponentially more than sunrise clocks equip. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "Best sunrise light alarm clocks and sunrise clocks 2020," 31 Oct. 2020 Through the program, YouTube plans to directly invest in 500 creators total by the end of 2023, with the goal to equip Black creators with the resources to succeed on the platform. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "YouTube Launches Grant Program for Black Creators & Artists," 12 Jan. 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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24 Feb 2021

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“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 3 Mar. 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

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