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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. Unabridged
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  • At least one of us will be here at all times, equipped with gas guns.

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  • As far as we can learn there never was an emergency yet which the life-principle was not equipped to meet.

  • Even an old house can be equipped with ceiling, wall and baseboard outlets with but little expense or inconvenience to you.

  • First—Approximate weight of the machine when finished and equipped.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • After a fruitless cruise, Anson determined to burn three of the Spanish vessels which he had seized and equipped.

British Dictionary definitions for equipped


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 equipped



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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