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[ih-kwip] /ɪˈkwɪp/
verb (used with object), equipped, equipping.
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 French equiper, Old French esquiper to fit out, equip, probably < Old Norse skipa to put in order, arrange, man (a ship)
Related forms
equipper, noun
overequipped, adjective
preequip, verb (used with object), preequipped, preequipping.
reequip, verb (used with object), reequipped, reequipping.
unequipped, adjective
well-equipped, adjective
1. outfit, rig. See furnish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unequipped
Historical Examples
  • The Center was mechanical, and unequipped to hear complaints.

    Waste Not, Want Dave Dryfoos
  • As a national park, though undeveloped and unequipped as yet, Lassen has many charms besides its volcanic phenomena.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Then I knew that I had set out strange countries for to see, and that I was all unequipped for so distant a voyage.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • All these terms lead to mixed and indefinite ideas, and leave him unequipped for the clear expression of color qualities.

    A Color Notation Albert H. Munsell
  • In borrowing White's unequipped horses we may add one hundred hussars.

  • The left-hand side of this frame is the line or protector side, but the portion toward the observer in this picture is unequipped.

  • Good men, some animated by the partisan spirit, it is true, earnest in their beliefs—but unequipped with the long vision.

  • Several hundred men, however, were dismounted, and totally unarmed and unequipped.

  • Other unequipped boys could go in their ordinary "best clothes," but William could not; for, alack!

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for unequipped


not furnished with the necessary supplies, abilities, etc


verb (transitive) equips, equipping, equipped
to furnish with (necessary supplies, etc)
(usually passive) to provide with abilities, understanding, etc: her son was never equipped to be a scholar
to dress out; attire
Derived Forms
equipper, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French eschiper to embark, fit out (a ship), of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse skipa to put in order, skip ship
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Word Origin and History for unequipped



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.

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