\ 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 That’s not a confirmation that LG’s new Real Folding Window screen cover will equip the Apple foldable phones. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 Sep. 2021 When the pandemic hit, the answer to the question of how to equip the workforce of the future became clearer, and Inventivos, an online learning platform, was born. Angelica Mari, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 With a week to go until the withdrawal deadline agreed to with the Taliban, the military is scrambling to properly equip domestic U.S. bases and erect tent cities at bases to accommodate all the incoming evacuees. Jessica Donati, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2021 The government’s collapse was disheartening for veterans, many of whom worked for years overseas trying to equip and train the Afghan military to defend itself once American forces pulled out. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2021 But, even without those rules, many American schools are already failing to equip their students with knowledge on the topic. Winona Guo, Time, 13 Aug. 2021 How to do it: The first step is to equip your home with light bulbs that can adjust from warm to cool (color temperature, measured in Kelvin, is the technical term). Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2021 Prima and Cornog also aim to equip the artists with necessary resources by organizing learning experiences for them. Olivia Branan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2021 The software addition will better equip the V-BAT to complete operations in difficult terrains and environments, the company said. Dallas News, 25 Aug. 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 24 Sep. 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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