Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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

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

    Jay is Games

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

  • “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

  • At a time when a nation's military was assessed by its infantry small arms, Argentina spared no expense to equip its personnel with the best.

    I am tying to find out information about a argentino 1909 serial number g0442.

  • Most politicians equip their mendacity with convenient escape pods with which they can conveniently jettison their weaselly words by way of a few artful dodges.

    Bob Cesca: Rick Perry's Epic Lying Could Make Him the Next President

  • The mission of the Music Resource Center is to educate and inspire young people and hopefully better equip them through music education, performance opportunities, and life skills mentoring for the future.

    2010 February | CheapTrick.com

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.