verb (equip, p, ing)
- (transitive) 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 esp. of ships and of troops. Dryden.
Etymology: From équiper (meaning to supply, fit out), originally said of a ship, esquiper (meaning to embark); of origin; compare with (OHG.) scif, Schiff, (Icel.) skip, scip. See ship.
Gave orders for equipping a considerable fleet. Ludlow.
- (transitive) 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.
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