1. The act of equipping or the state of being equipped: responsible for the rapid equipment of the troops.
2. Something with which a person, organization, or thing is equipped: The athletes keep their equipment in the locker room.
3. The rolling stock especially of a transportation system.
4. The mental and emotional resources of an individual: doesn't have the equipment to cope.
Synonyms: equipment, gear, outfit, paraphernalia
These nouns denote the materials needed for a purpose such as a task or a journey: hiking equipment; skiing gear; an explorer's outfit; a beekeeper's paraphernalia.
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