verb (used with object), e·quipped, e·quip·ping.

  1. 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.
  2. to dress; array: He equipped himself in all his finery.
  3. to furnish with intellectual or emotional resources; prepare: Education and travel have equipped her to deal with all sorts of people.


  1. not furnished with the necessary supplies, abilities, etc

verb equips, equipping or equipped (tr)

  1. to furnish with (necessary supplies, etc)
  2. (usually passive) to provide with abilities, understanding, etcher son was never equipped to be a scholar
  3. to dress out; attire

v.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.

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