to furnish or provide with whatever is needed for use or for any undertaking; fit out, as a ship or army: They spent several thousand dollars to equip their boat.
to dress; array: He equipped himself in all his finery.
to furnish with intellectual or emotional resources; prepare: Education and travel have equipped her to deal with all sorts of people.
Origin of equip
1515–25; < Middle Frenchequiper,Old Frenchesquiper to fit out, equip, probably < Old Norseskipa to put in order, arrange, man (a ship)
Related formse·quip·per, nouno·ver·e·quipped, adjectivepre·e·quip, verb (used with object),pre·e·quipped,pre·e·quip·ping.re·e·quip, verb (used with object),re·e·quipped,re·e·quip·ping.un·e·quipped, adjectivewell-e·quipped, adjective
1520s, from Middle French équiper "to fit out," from Old French esquiper "fit out a ship" (12c.), probably from Old Norse skipa "fit out a ship," from skip "ship" (see ship (n.)). Related: Equipped; equipping. Spanish and Portuguese esquipar are from French.