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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.


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Examples from the web for equip
  • One unfortunate side effect of this system is that if you find a new weapon while adventuring, you have no choice but to equip it.
  • And if teasing is a problem, help to equip her with witty ripostes and bolster her self esteem with praise.
  • To kick off evolution, the researchers will equip each of a herd of robots with various random combinations of instructions.
  • Global financial markets have few incentives to equip poor countries to be globally productive.
  • Their elders have always told them that education is the best way to equip themselves to thrive in a globalised world.
  • One way to protect a satellite would be to equip it with sensors and rockets to enable it to dodge an incoming missile.
  • He hopes to equip robots with sensitive skin to make them more aware of their environment.
  • There is an urgent need to re-equip the country with new plant, especially to generate power.
  • The companies say combining will better equip them to take on global challenges and expand.
  • The player could then equip the appropriate armor, shield, etc.
British Dictionary definitions for equip


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 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.

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