\ 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: 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 Nuvolari Lenard says it’s also in talks with a manufacturer to equip Vento with a hybrid/electric propulsion system with variable-speed generators and variable-pitch propellers. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 Blackburn and organizations like Learning for Justice hope to equip teachers to make their classrooms more equitable and their curriculum more representative, but others are pushing for legislation to implement change. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 31 May 2021 So what needs to change to equip international ocean shippers, and their vast partner networks, for the modern era? Mathew Elenjickal, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Jim said Harry oversaw a number of street teams and made sure to equip roadies and stage crews at major concerts with Red Bull to help expand its reach. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2021 Guidelines were set encouraging operators to equip satellites with debris mitigation systems. Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg.com, 19 Oct. 2020 The type began to equip its first front-line regiment 10 years later in December. David Axe, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Starting Friday, players of the battle royale game will be able to equip new purchasable characters with jerseys for all 30 NBA teams. oregonlive, 19 May 2021 Another task is to divide the company’s finance organization and to equip the trucks business with its own investor relations and treasury department. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 12 May 2021

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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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“Equip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equip. Accessed 14 Jun. 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 He was equipped as though he were going into the woods.— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan

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