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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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  • It needed a well-equipped intelligence to follow him; few could, and the majority thought he talked brilliantly but irrelevantly.

    Coleridge Samuel Levy Bensusan
  • As much must be said of the Beetles well-equipped for pedestrian escape.

  • They were a civilized people, who had achieved great results as sailors, having remarkably swift and well-equipped ships.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • They had no well-equipped commissary like that with which an army is provided.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • Six well-armed, well-equipped Portuguese galleons sailed out of Macao to assail him.

  • For this, moral qualities are as necessary as well-planned, well-equipped houses.

British Dictionary definitions for well-equipped


adjective (well equipped when postpositive)
having sufficient equipment, supplies, or abilities


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 well-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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