AskDefine | Define equip

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1 provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose; "The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities" [syn: fit, fit out, outfit]
2 provide with abilities or understanding; "She was never equipped to be a dancer" [also: equipping, equipped]

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From équiper, originally said of a ship, esquiper; of origin; compare with scif, Schiff, skip, scip. See ship.


  1. To furnish for service, or against a need or exigency; to fit out; to supply with whatever is necessary to efficient action in any way; to provide with arms or an armament, stores, munitions, rigging, etc.; -- said esp. of ships and of troops. Dryden.
    Gave orders for equipping a considerable fleet. Ludlow.
  2. To dress up; to array; accouter.
    The country are led astray in following the town, and equipped in a ridiculous habit, when they fancy themselves in the height of the mode. Addison.
  3. To prepare (someone) with a skill

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Extensive Definition

The word equip can refer to:
  • Equipment (see tool)
  • EQUIP, an international ministry.
  • Equipe, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accouter, adapt, adjust, appoint, arm, array, attire, attune, capacitate, caparison, clothe, condition, costume, deck out, disguise, dress, enable, fit, fit out, fit up, furnish, gear, habit, heel, man, masquerade, munition, outfit, prepare, provide, put in trim, put in tune, qualify, rig, rig out, rig up, staff, stock, suit, supply, tune, turn, turn out, uniform
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