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.

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

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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equip (ɪˈkwɪp)
vb , equips, equipping, equipped
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
3.  to dress out; attire
[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 & History

1520s, from M.Fr. equiper "to fit out," from O.Fr. esquiper "fit out a ship," probably from O.N. skipa "fit out a ship," from skip "ship."
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Example sentences
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.
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