[ ih-kwip-muhnt ]
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  1. anything kept, furnished, or provided for a specific purpose.

  2. the act of equipping a person or thing.

  1. the state of being equipped.

  2. the personal knowledge and skill required for a task, occupation, etc.: He has the necessary equipment for law.

  3. the rolling stock of a railroad.

Origin of equipment

First recorded in 1710–20; equip + -ment

Other words for equipment

Other words from equipment

  • pre·e·quip·ment, noun
  • re·e·quip·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use equipment in a sentence

  • The Republicans obtained possession of clothing and equipments which had been landed for 40,000 men.

  • By this pallid light I labored to strike the two empty tents, gather up our equipments and pack them on our five mules.

    In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers
  • I shall, therefore, without further preface, proceed to describe my travelling equipments.

    Hudson Bay | R.M. Ballantyne
  • It lost nearly all its guns and equipments, about 15,000 killed and wounded, and the same number of prisoners.

  • Preparatory to the march to the sea the great army about Atlanta had been carefully inspected both as to men and equipments.

British Dictionary definitions for equipment


/ (ɪˈkwɪpmənt) /

  1. an act or instance of equipping

  2. the items so provided

  1. a set of tools, devices, kit, etc, assembled for a specific purpose, such as a soldier's kit and weapons

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