\ 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)

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Synonyms for equip

Synonyms: Verb

fit, prepare, qualify, ready, season, train

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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


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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Despite its stint as a fictional meth lab, the home is well equipped for families, set up to accommodate kids. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "This Breaking Bad-Themed Airbnb Actually Appeared on the Show (and Comes with Hazmat Suits!)," 29 Aug. 2019 The Italian government, for example, equips, trains and funds the Libyan Coast Guard and pays private militias to prevent asylum-seekers from reaching European countries’ territorial waters. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, "The Harsh World of Offshore Borders," 8 Aug. 2019 Coming in 2020: Mass Ave. is getting a lobster roll restaurant at Bottleworks Peloton's bikes and treadmills are equipped with a 21 1/2-inch screen that allows riders forego the gym and stream live classes with instructors, including professionals. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Peloton opens 1st Indiana location at The Fashion Mall," 8 Aug. 2019 The district will equip each bus – including those used for daily routes, field trips and backup duty – with four cameras, providing views of the vehicle’s entire interior. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Strongsville schools to buy security cameras for 65 school buses," 5 Aug. 2019 By providing hands-on experience, developing soft skills, and expanding access to career mentors, summer jobs programs equip youth with the means to transition from school into the labor market—all while expanding the local talent pipeline. Fortune, "Youth Employment Is Still Declining. How Summer Jobs Programs Can Help," 3 Aug. 2019 Through a bit of clever programming, two pianists uniquely equipped to interpret these epics performed them over two nights at the Ravinia Festival, a feast for pianophiles. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO review: Bronfman and Ax take on Brahms Piano Concertos," 3 Aug. 2019 WhatsApp’s 2018 beta test equipped one million users with the ability to send and receive money in its biggest market, India. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Zuckerberg is so happy with WhatsApp payment’s run in India, he wants to take it places," 24 July 2019 The state government is not equipped to proactively—or even retroactively—identify bots. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem," 24 July 2019

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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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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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to make a temporary encampment

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