verb (used with object), e·quipped, e·quip·ping.
- to furnish or provide with whatever is needed for use or for any undertaking; fit out, as a ship or army: They spent several thousand dollars to equip their boat.
- to dress; array: He equipped himself in all his finery.
- to furnish with intellectual or emotional resources; prepare: Education and travel have equipped her to deal with all sorts of people.
verb equips, equipping or equipped (tr)
- to furnish with (necessary supplies, etc)
- (usually passive) to provide with abilities, understanding, etcher son was never equipped to be a scholar
- to dress out; attire
1520s, from Middle French équiper “to fit out,” from Old French esquiper “fit out a ship” (12c.), probably from Old Norse skipa “fit out a ship,” from skip “ship” (see ship (n.)). Related: Equipped; equipping. Spanish and Portuguese esquipar are from French.