\ 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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The growth in American oil production is largely due to a boom in shale oil extraction, which U.S. refineries generally aren’t equipped to process. NBC News, "Saudi oil field attacks mean you will likely pay more at the pump," 16 Sep. 2019 The park is not equipped right now to handle the extreme visitation. Ian James, azcentral, "Developer and town propose roads for hotels and hundreds of homes near Grand Canyon," 6 Sep. 2019 Several hundred people could be pushed into communities that aren’t equipped to care for them, the senators wrote. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Senate Republicans call for special session to reverse cuts to nine nursing homes, fearing closures, layoffs, displaced residents," 5 Sep. 2019 The Kurdish authorities overseeing the camp have pleaded for the non-Syrians to be allowed to return to their own countries, saying they are not equipped to detain them indefinitely. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Guns, Filth and ISIS: Syrian Camp Is ‘Disaster in the Making’," 3 Sep. 2019 Partner with a specialized outside program Services like employee assistance programs are designed specifically to help workers in difficult situations when an employer is not equipped to do so. Ann D. Clark, Quartz at Work, "How to manage opioid addiction in the workplace," 6 Aug. 2019 But temperate Europe — where air conditioning is rare — isn't equipped for the temperatures frying the region this week. Angela Charlton And Kirsten Grieshaber, Houston Chronicle, "Paris hits new heat record, London boils in Europe heat wave," 25 July 2019 The plane was not equipped with a flight data recorder, but the contents of the voice recorder were being downloaded at a lab in Washington, D.C., Landsberg said. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Officials identify 10 Addison plane crash victims, including family of 4," 2 July 2019 Tate's ambulance brought her to a different hospital a few miles away that was not properly equipped to treat her, according to USA Today. Barbara Brody, Health.com, "'Hospital Diversion' Is Perfectly Legal and Putting People at Risk. Here's What You Need to Know," 27 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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