Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To supply with necessities such as tools or provisions. synonym: furnish.
  • transitive verb To furnish (someone) with the qualities necessary for performance; prepare.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fit out; furnish with means for the prosecution of a purpose; provide with whatever is needed for efficient action or service: extended from the fitting out of ships and armies to that of other things, and also of persons either materially or mentally: as, to equip a ship with rigging, sails, tackle, etc., for a cruise or voyage; to equip a soldier or an army with arms and accoutrements, or a traveler with clothing and conveniences for a journey; to be equipped with knowledge and skill for a vocation.
  • Specifically To fit up; dress out; array; accoutre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb To dress up; to array; accouter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive 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 especially of ships and of troops. Dryden.
  • verb transitive To dress up; to array; accouter.
  • verb transitive To prepare (someone) with a skill

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb provide with abilities or understanding
  • verb provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French équiper, from Old French esquiper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse skipa (from skip, ship).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French équiper ("to supply, fit out"), originally said of a ship, Old French esquiper ("to embark"); of Germanic origin; akin to Goth skip "ship". Compare with Old High German scif, German Schiff, Icelandic skip, Old English scip. See ship.

Examples

  • Each was to "equip" according to his own fancy, though it was necessary for each to provide himself with a riding horse or mule.

    The Hunters' Feast Conversations Around the Camp Fire

  • To accomplish this, Oliver and TED want to start an organization to do things such as equip and run community kitchens, source and equip "food theatre" trucks, design creative teaching materials and champion honest food labelling.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • In other MMO's you can equip your character with trinkets or enchant weapons and armor, in ST: O you can 'equip' your ship with officers and engineers that are unlocked as you make progress.

    Fragland :: Everything

  • To accomplish this, Oliver and TED want to start an organization to do things such as equip and run community kitchens, source and equip "food theatre" trucks, design creative teaching materials and champion honest food labelling.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • Each hero is able to "equip" two units, allowing them to fight in battle.

    Jay is Games

  • - Updating anaesthetic record - Sitting down • Can't tag syringes • Can 'equip' anaesthetists ACIS 2008 RFID in the Anaesthetic Triangle 19

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  • You also have access to the Captain's Outfitter, which allows you "equip" the items you unlock when completing the new Adventure Planets.

    UGO.com - UnderGroundOnline

  • You also have access to the Captain's Outfitter, which allows you "equip" the items you unlock when completing the new Adventure Planets.

    UGO.com - UnderGroundOnline

  • You also have access to the Captain's Outfitter, which allows you "equip" the items you unlock when completing the new Adventure Planets.

    UGO.com - UnderGroundOnline

  • “You and I cannot afford to equip ourselves with two rounds of ammunition where three rounds are necessary,” he said.

    A Renegade History of the United States

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