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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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  • In essence, cars will be coming off the line equipped for car sharing.
  • The executive branch is well equipped with scientific advisory organizations.
  • It will be equipped with the latest device for measuring the tiny wobbles in starlight that orbiting planets create.
  • However, these capabilities can be exploited by anyone with access to suitably equipped drones.
  • The bottom unit consisted essentially of four landing struts equipped with a retrorocket to cushion the descent.
  • The mercenaries may be better equipped to handle the job than the military.
  • My department and my university did not seem equipped to help.
  • It will involve a small number of cars equipped with global positioning satellite receivers.
  • equipped with grasping tentacles, the nautiloids were effective predators.
  • equipped with the latest technology, experts set out two years ago to create a more perfect triceratops.
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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