\ 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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Besides the chair and hair-washing basin, the salon is equipped with a hair-cutting station, a large mirror and all the usual tools to style hair. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Lurie Children’s Hospital gives free haircuts to sick kids, their parents: ‘A haircut is a little boost of confidence’," 13 Sep. 2019 Some are even equipped to detect THC oil, a compound found in marijuana, and pick up sound abnormalities like shouting, which could be helpful in preventing bullying. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "High schools embrace 'vape detectors' in fight against bathroom vaping," 12 Sep. 2019 Its hospital was larger, and perhaps better equipped, but a lot of facilities and equipment needed for a population of 10,000 were adequate for one of 20,000. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: What Dorian tells us about risk and scale," 8 Sep. 2019 The 6,000-square-foot gallery, equipped with high-tech screens and sound gear, will open on Friday with works by Turkish artist Refik Anadol. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Inside the Private Meeting of Top Crypto Investors and Government Officials—Data Sheet," 5 Sep. 2019 Fiat Chrysler has now recalled every Ram pickup truck from the 2015 through 2017 model year equipped with the remote tailgate lock in the United States, according to a new filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "FCA Recalls 410,000 More Ram Pickups For Tailgates That Can Suddenly Drop Down," 21 May 2019 Bullying is a by product of a world ill equipped to include that which is deemed different. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Drag Brunch Honored Nigel Shelby, Raising Awareness About the Impact of Homophobic Bullying," 24 Apr. 2019 Because the school’s entrances won’t be equipped with metal detectors, a student carrying a gun might be able to slip through. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A small town in the heartland redesigned its school to prevent shootings. But architecture can’t ensure kids’ safety.," 6 Sep. 2019 With 34 PCs, 16 Xbox consoles, and 8 Nintendo Switches, Contender eSports Gaming Center in Spring will be equipped to host tournaments and events. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "New eSports gaming center slated to open in Spring area," 5 Sep. 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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