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[ ih-kwip-muhnt ]


  1. anything kept, furnished, or provided for a specific purpose.

    Synonyms: accouterment, paraphernalia, apparatus

  2. the act of equipping a person or thing.
  3. the state of being equipped.
  4. the personal knowledge and skill required for a task, occupation, etc.:

    He has the necessary equipment for law.

  5. the rolling stock of a railroad.


/ ɪˈkwɪpmənt /


  1. an act or instance of equipping
  2. the items so provided
  3. a set of tools, devices, kit, etc, assembled for a specific purpose, such as a soldier's kit and weapons

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Other Words From

  • pree·quipment noun
  • ree·quipment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of equipment1

First recorded in 1710–20; equip + -ment

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Example Sentences

Like many countries around the world, Brazil has steadily been increasing both the amount of, and use of, surveillance equipment.

I parked at the far end of the valley as usual, pulled up all the traps, cleaned them in the stream, and packed the last of the equipment into the van.

Drone-mounted equipment measured heat and radiation differences in the ground to detect buried structures.

For this year’s trip, with six people for five nights, I took six tubs, with the upper half of the second food pack reserved for bulkier equipment, like a big cooking pot.

PG&E, which filed for bankruptcy last year after its equipment sparked deadly wildfires, warned the precautionary shutoffs could impact portions of 22 counties from late Monday through Wednesday, including in the Sierra foothills and North Bay.

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Another member of the plot took care of the ammo along with black uniforms, night-vision equipment, and body armor.

As for the search, which will soon resume, Soelisto confessed that “the capability of our equipment is not optimum.”

Production expenses: equipment rental, lights, lighting board, van rental, trailer rental, road cases, backline.

When [lawmakers] looked at it holistically, did they want to take away equipment and technology from front-line security?

Introduced in December 1979, Asteroids quickly became standard equipment in bars, arcades, and airports all over the country.

Although a capable specialist, as regards general culture and intelligence Ilia Petrovich had only a mediocre equipment.

Turner was an artist of the rarest and most generous equipment, and he had to do what he did, and never reasoned why he did it.

Even if you elect to be the leader of fashion in San Francisco, your equipment need not be of unadulterated steel.

The Confederates lacked equipment, especially cannon, and were quickly overpowered by artillery fire.

The periscope is the one part of the submarine scout equipment that is open to vision from the surface.