\ 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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If the software finds something interesting, the crew can send an AUV equipped with a camera down to investigate up close. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Are We Entering a Golden Age of Shipwreck Discovery?," 1 Aug. 2019 All of the above goes to show that deciding what is or isn’t a disease is not easy, but hopefully you’ll be better equipped to ask some critical questions such as, who benefits from this new definition? Shahid Merali, Quartz, "What exactly is a disease?," 30 July 2019 Perhaps, Moritz said, some people would have received an earlier alert if fire stations or other town buildings were equipped with sirens similar to the ones used to warn of air raids or tornadoes. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Some saw deadly Camp Fire as the 'new normal.' Experts say we already know how to prevent a repeat," 22 July 2019 The inside of the hut comes equipped with portable cribs, high chairs and potty seats for those getting their kids hooked on hut trips at an early age. Ryan Wichelns, The Know, "The best hut trips in Colorado for summertime adventures," 18 July 2019 Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates long-term detention centers that are far better equipped, but that agency is also heavily burdened. Nomaan Merchant, Twin Cities, "Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities," 17 July 2019 But while no track is better equipped to handle a large event on short notice than is the home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill’s recent mortality rates provide no shelter from harsh scrutiny. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Breeders' Cup taking a huge risk by racing at Santa Anita amid recent horse deaths," 27 June 2019 While O'Neill was equipped with a body camera, police say the officer did not activate it and there is no other footage of the shooting. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "A fatal police shooting has upended Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign. Here's what you need to know.," 24 June 2019 While South Bend officers are equipped with body cameras and dashboard cameras, the shooting was not captured on video. CBS News, "Officer-involved shooting remains Pete Buttigieg's biggest 2020 challenge yet," 20 June 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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