- Equip is defined as to provide necessary items, training, etc. for a certain purpose.
An example of equip is to give laptops to new students for their studies.
transitive verbequipped, equipping
- to provide with what is needed; outfit: troops equipped for battle
- to prepare by training, instruction, etc.
- to dress (oneself) for a certain purpose
Origin of equipFrench équiper ; from Old French esquiper, to embark, put out to sea, probably ; from Old Norse skipa, to arrange, make ready ; from skip, ship
transitive verbe·quipped, e·quip·ping, e·quips
- To supply with necessities such as tools or provisions. See Synonyms at furnish.
- To furnish (someone) with the qualities necessary for performance; prepare: an education that will equip you to handle such problems.
Origin of equipFrench équiper, from Old French esquiper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse skipa (from skip, ship).
(third-person singular simple present equips, present participle equipping, simple past equipped, past participle equipped or equipt)
- 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.
- Gave orders for equipping a considerable fleet. Ludlow.
- To dress up; to array; accouter.
- The country are led astray in following the town, and equipped in a ridiculous habit, when they fancy themselves in the height of the mode. Addison.
- To prepare (someone) with a skill
- pique, piqué
From French équiper (“to supply, fit out”), originally said of a ship, Old French esquiper (“to embark”); of Germanic origin; akin to Gothic (skip, “ship”). Compare with Old High German scif, German Schiff, Icelandic skip, Old English scip "ship", Old Norse skipja "to fit out a ship". See ship.
Meanings of its derivative "equipage" may have been influenced by Latin equus = "horse".