Definition of equipment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪpmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪpmənt//
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  1. 1  the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity a useful piece of equipment for the kitchen office equipment new equipment for the sports club Synonymsequipmentmaterial gear kit apparatusThese are all words for the things that you need for a particular purpose or activity.equipment the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity:camping equipment a piece of equipment material things that are needed for a particular activity:household cleaning materials teaching materialequipment or material?Equipment is usually solid things, especially large ones. Materials may be liquids, powders or books, CDs, etc. containing information, as well as small solid items.gear the equipment or clothes needed for a particular activity:Skiing gear can be expensive.kit a set of tools or equipment that you use for a particular purpose:a first-aid kit a tool kitapparatus the tools or other pieces of equipment that are needed for a particular activity or task:breathing apparatus for firefighters laboratory apparatus Apparatus is used especially for scientific, medical or technical purposes.Patterns electrical/​electronic equipment/​gear/​apparatus sports equipment/​gear/​kit camping equipment/​gear a piece of equipment/​apparatus
  2. 2the process of providing a place or person with necessary things The equipment of the photographic studio was expensive. More Like This Uncountable nouns often used wrongly accommodation, advice, chewing gum, feedback, furniture, equipment, information, luggage, news, progress, softwareSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French équipement, from équiper ‘equip’.Extra examples He lacks the intellectual equipment to succeed in politics. Hospitals are increasingly depending on charity for vital equipment. Never go climbing without the proper equipment. No special equipment is needed. The basic equipment consists of a plastic mask and a length of rope. The local council is supplying new play equipment for the playground. The plane uses state-of-the-art navigation equipment. high-tech equipment for keeping the temperature steady Aid agencies are flying vital medical equipment to the disaster area. That particular piece of equipment was unavailable at the time. The school is in need of new computer equipment. We loaded the camping equipment into the car.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: equipment