from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To supply with necessities such as tools or provisions.
- transitive v. To furnish with the qualities necessary for performance: an education that will equip you to handle such problems. See Synonyms at furnish.
- transitive v. To dress up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. 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.
- v. To dress up; to array; accouter.
- v. To prepare (someone) with a skill
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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 v. To dress up; to array; accouter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. provide with abilities or understanding
- v. provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
French équiper, from Old French esquiper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse skipa (from skip, ship).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)