equip

verb
\i-ˈkwip \
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

equip

abbreviation

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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Verb

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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Its maximum payload is 7153 lb and its trailer-towing capacity is 23,200 lb, when properly equipped. Car and Driver, "No title," 20 Nov. 2018 Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui The Fairmont Kea Lani is an all suite and villa resort that spans 22 oceanfront acres and includes family-friendly one-bedroom suites—starting around 860 square feet—equipped with sleeper sofas, microwaves, and balconies. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The luxe apartment, which is rentable on a project-by-project basis, comes fully equipped with every Insta-worthy amenity imaginable. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "This Penthouse Apartment Was Designed for Influencer Photoshoots," 1 Oct. 2018 The ensemble also came equipped with hundreds of fluttering butterflies carried down the runway by a full entourage of shadowy figures – not kidding. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "If You Thought Gigi Hadid's Wedding Dress Was Crazy From the Front, Wait Until You See the Back," 21 Sep. 2018 The app comes fully equipped with lessons on propagation, soil types, water, lighting, and more. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Finally! A New App To Help You Keep Your Plants Alive," 19 Sep. 2018 To test how quickly neurons equipped with CatCh could process information, researchers exposed neurons to rapid bursts of laser light, up to 300 flashes per second. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Pointe Break Retreats seamlessly coordinated a shuttle equipped with water and fruit pitstops along the way that made the two hour trip fly by. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 10 July 2018 And as Brandon Specktor reports for Live Science, the discovery of a juvenile L. unguispinus fossil has revealed that these prehistoric hunters were well-equipped to kill from an early age. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Prehistoric Sea Creature Had Fanged, Killer Babies," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of equip

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equip

Verb

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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equip

verb

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

equip

verb
\i-ˈkwip \
equipped; equipping

Kids Definition of equip

: to provide with necessary supplies or features

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