\ 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
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 Axiom plans to put its private space station in orbit 250 miles above the Earth, equip it for both public and private researchers and train its own astronauts on the ground. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Axiom Space tells Houston all systems are go for world's first commercial space station," 23 Dec. 2020 The donations will accelerate efforts to equip people for digital careers, says Steven Preston, CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Peter Coy, Bloomberg.com, "A Christmas Tale: Goodwill Is Training the Jobless for Digital Careers," 23 Dec. 2020 And many establishments aren’t willing or able to shell out the money needed to properly equip an area outside their current structures that can accommodate diners during the winter. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County’s outdoor dining scene could be headed for wintry woes amid pandemic," 15 Nov. 2020 Food companies like Hormel and General Mills have dedicated websites to help first-time chefs cook a turkey, plan out food storage and equip them with recipes for leftovers. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "With rituals upended, Minnesotans rethink Thanksgiving," 14 Nov. 2020 With the bulk of the academic year yet to come, here’s what teenagers can do to equip themselves to continue to move forward during this difficult and frustrating time. Lisa Damour, New York Times, "How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing," 29 Oct. 2020 Since then, Brown has served on the city of San Diego Equal Opportunity Commission and graduated from Emerge California, an Oakland nonprofit that runs programs designed to equip women to seek — and win — public office. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Black caucus leader from San Diego turns passion for civil rights, organized labor into activism," 28 Nov. 2020 The performance of those plants could equip the USDA to argue that the speed limit should go up in all of them. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump Races to Weaken Environmental and Worker Protections, and Implement Other Last-Minute Policies, Before Jan. 20," 25 Nov. 2020 This set of versatile accessories will equip the handy members of your family to tackle any job. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "These 5-star Amazon.ca products make perfect holiday gifts," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of equip was in 1523

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“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 17 Jan. 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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