equip

\ \ [16] Etymologically, equip means ‘fit out or provide crew for a ship’. Its immediate source was French équiper, but this appears to have been a borrowing from Old Norse skipafit out a ship’, a verb derived from skipship’ (first cousin of English ship). The carliest examples of its use in English are in the much broader sense ‘supply with necessary materials’, and its specific links with the sea were soon severed.
\ \ Cf.SHIP

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  • equip — UK US /ɪˈkwɪp/ verb [T] ( pp ) ► to give someone or something the tools and equipment they need to do a job: »A company spokesman said it would not be equipping the new $2.5 billion plant until business conditions improve. equip sb/sth with sth… …   Financial and business terms

  • equip — equip; equip·ment; equip·per; re·equip; …   English syllables

  • Equip — E*quip , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Equipped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Equipping}.] [F. [ e]quiper to supply, fit out, orig. said of a ship, OF. esquiper to embark; of German origin; cf. OHG. scif, G. schiff, Icel. skip, AS. scip. See {Ship}.] 1. To furnish… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • equip — index bear (yield), bestow, clothe, contribute (supply), fund, furnish, give ( …   Law dictionary

  • equip — 1520s, from M.Fr. équiper to fit out, from O.Fr. esquiper fit out a ship (12c.), probably from O.N. skipa fit out a ship, from skip ship (see SHIP (Cf. ship) (n.)). Related: Equipped; equipping. Sp., Port. esquipar are from French …   Etymology dictionary

  • equip — *furnish, outfit, appoint, accouter, arm Contrasted words: divest, dismantle, denude, *strip: despoil, spoliate, *ravage …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • equip — has inflected forms equipped, equipping. The noun form is equipment …   Modern English usage

  • equip — [v] make ready with supplies accouter, adorn, appoint, arm, array, attire, deck, deck out*, decorate, dress, endow, feather nest*, fit out, fix up, furnish, gear, gear up*, heel*, implement, line nest*, man, outfit, prep*, prepare, provide,… …   New thesaurus

  • equip — ► VERB (equipped, equipping) 1) supply with the items needed for a purpose. 2) prepare (someone) mentally for a situation or task. ORIGIN French équiper, probably from an Old Norse word meaning to man a ship …   English terms dictionary

  • equip — equip1 [ē kwip′, ikwip′] vt. equipped, equipping [Fr équiper < OFr esquiper, to embark, put out to sea, prob. < ON skipa, to arrange, make ready < skip, SHIP] 1. to provide with what is needed; outfit [troops equipped for battle] 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • equip */*/ — UK [ɪˈkwɪp] / US verb [transitive] Word forms equip : present tense I/you/we/they equip he/she/it equips present participle equipping past tense equipped past participle equipped 1) to provide a person, object, or place with the things that they… …   English dictionary

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