- 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
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Examples from the Web for equip
Officials and experts acknowledge that the plan to train and equip a new rebel army from scratch will take years.No Syrian Rebels Allowed at ISIS War Conference
October 14, 2014
He then called on Congress to authorize a program to train and equip 5,000 rebels per year in Saudi Arabia, which they did.Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes
September 30, 2014
This year, the president is asking Congress for $500 million to train and equip the very rebels Obama thinks are hopeless.Obama Stifled Hillary’s Syria Plans and Ignored Her Iraq Warnings for Years
August 14, 2014
German defense contractors have helped train and equip the Russian military.One Big Reason The CIA Spied on Germany: Worries About Russian Moles in Berlin
July 12, 2014
So far, no action has been taken to equip airliners with this technology.Flight 370 Didn’t Disappear: We Missed It
March 24, 2014
The next question was to equip me with a uniform—but what should it be?Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
So we lingered but the two days necessary to equip ourselves.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
Are we to equip them with a metaphysic, or exclude them from the portals of art?Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
In other words, why not equip these suits with a small invisibility apparatus?Islands of Space
John W Campbell
This is not more than one-tenth of what would be needed to equip the railroads.Checking the Waste
Mary Huston Gregory
- to furnish with (necessary supplies, etc)
- (usually passive) to provide with abilities, understanding, etcher son was never equipped to be a scholar
- to dress out; attire
Word Origin and History for equip
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.