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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: équiper, probably from Old Norse skipa 'to make ready a ship', from skip 'ship'

equip

verb
     
e‧quip past tense and past participle equipped, present participle equipping [transitive]
1 to provide a person or place with the things that are needed for a particular kind of activity or work
equip somebody/something with something
They spent a lot of money equipping the school with new computers.
He equipped himself with a hammer and nails.
be equipped with something
The rooms are equipped with video cameras.
be equipped to do something
The emergency services are equipped to deal with disasters of this kind.
well/poorly/fully etc equipped
a well equipped hospital
2 to give someone the information and skills that they need to do something
equip somebody with something
We equip students with the skills they will need once they leave college.
equip somebody for something
training that will equip you for the job
equip somebody to do something
We must equip young teachers to deal with difficult children.

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