[ ih-kwip ]
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verb (used with object),e·quipped, e·quip·ping.
  1. to supply with whatever gear or apparatus is needed for use or for any undertaking; fit out, as a ship or army: They spent several thousand dollars to equip their boat.

  2. to provide with intellectual or emotional resources; prepare: Education and travel have equipped her to deal with all sorts of people.

  1. to dress; array: He equipped himself in all his finery.

Origin of equip

First recorded in 1515–25; from Middle French equiper, Old French esquiper “to fit out, equip,” probably from Old Norse skipa “to put in order, arrange, man (a ship)”

synonym study For equip

1. See furnish.

Other words for equip

Other words from equip

  • e·quip·per, noun
  • pre·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.

Other definitions for equip. (2 of 2)


  1. equipment.

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How to use equip in a sentence

  • To equip a dull, respectable person with wings would be but to make a parody of an angel.

    The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • If you fail at some point, then arms enough to equip a brigade of Mexican rebels may cross the river to-night.

  • We have plenty of money saved to equip you, and maintain you well for a year or so; but after that you may require more.

  • Some, however, remained behind, to equip and despatch reinforcements as men continued to arrive asking to be enrolled.

  • It took years to train a legionnaire and a lot of money to equip an army and keep it in the field.

    Security | Poul William Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for equip


/ (ɪˈkwɪp) /

verbequips, equipping or equipped (tr)
  1. to furnish with (necessary supplies, etc)

  2. (usually passive) to provide with abilities, understanding, etc: her son was never equipped to be a scholar

  1. to dress out; attire

Origin of equip

C16: from Old French eschiper to embark, fit out (a ship), of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse skipa to put in order, skip ship

Derived forms of equip

  • equipper, noun

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