Synonyms & Antonyms of equip

1 to make competent (as by training, skill, or ability) for a particular office or function
  • years of service in the congress and in the cabinet equipped him better than most people for the office of the presidency

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2 to provide (someone) with what is needed for a task or activity
  • a visit to a ski shop to equip ourselves for a week of skiing in the Rockies

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How does the verb equip contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of equip are accoutre, appoint, furnish, and outfit. While all these words mean "to supply one with what is needed," equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use.

a fully equipped kitchen

When would accoutre be a good substitute for equip?

Although the words accoutre and equip have much in common, accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity.

fully accoutred members of a polar expedition

When is appoint a more appropriate choice than equip?

The words appoint and equip are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings.

a lavishly appointed apartment

When is it sensible to use furnish instead of equip?

The words furnish and equip can be used in similar contexts, but furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function.

a sparsely furnished apartment

When could outfit be used to replace equip?

The synonyms outfit and equip are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

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The first known use of equip was in 1523

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“Equip.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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