equip

To equip means to provide something needed for a particular purpose. If you’re planning a trip to the Arctic, you should equip yourself with warm clothes, tents, and two-way radios.

You might want to equip someone with an ice axe for ice climbing and a diving watch for underwater excursions. The ice axe or the diving watch is their equipment. Equip can also be used in a more figurative sense. If you are supposed to write computer programs but have never worked with a computer, you might say that you are not equipped for that. On a really bad day, it might feel like people are not equipped to deal with each other politely.

Definitions of equip
  1. verb
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
    “The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities”
    synonyms: fit, fit out, outfit
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    rig, set, set up
    equip with sails or masts
    mechanise, mechanize, motorise, motorize
    equip with armed and armored motor vehicles
    fuse
    equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse
    collar
    furnish with a collar
    spur
    equip with spurs
    fin
    equip (a car) with fins
    motorize
    equip with a motor
    motorize
    equip with a motor vehicle
    stock
    equip with a stock
    horseshoe
    equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes
    turn out
    outfit or equip, as with accessories
    instrument
    equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
    muzzle
    fit with a muzzle
    kit, kit out, kit up
    supply with a set of articles or tools
    appoint
    furnish
    re-equip, rejig
    re-equip a factory or plant
    refit
    fit out again
    armor, armour
    equip with armor
    accouter, accoutre
    provide with military equipment
    wire
    provide with electrical circuits
    shaft
    equip with a shaft
    spar
    furnish with spars
    stave
    furnish with staves
    adorn, clothe, invest
    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
    commission
    put into commission; equip for service; of ships
    rewire
    provide with new wiring
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  2. verb
    provide with abilities or understanding
    “She was never equipped to be a dancer”
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    enable
    render capable or able for some task
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