verb \i-ˈkwip\

: to provide (someone) with necessary materials or supplies

: to provide (something) with a particular feature or ability

: to prepare (someone) for a particular activity or problem


Full Definition of EQUIP

transitive verb
:  to furnish for service or action by appropriate provisioning <equip an army>
:  dress, array
:  to make ready :  prepare <wasn't equipped to handle the pressures of the job>

Origin of EQUIP

modification of Anglo-French eskiper, eschiper to load on board a ship, embark, outfit, man, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scipian equip a ship, scip ship
First Known Use: 1523

Synonym Discussion of EQUIP

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function <a sparsely furnished apartment>. equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use <a fully equipped kitchen>. outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation <outfitted the family for a ski trip>. appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings <a lavishly appointed apartment>. accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity <fully accoutred members of a polar expedition>.



Definition of EQUIP

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verb \i-ˈkwip\

Definition of EQUIP for Kids

:  to provide with necessary supplies or features


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