Meaning of EQUIPMENT in English

EQUIPMENT

/ ɪˈkwɪpmənt; NAmE / noun [ U ]

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

2.

the process of providing a place or person with necessary things :

The equipment of the photographic studio was expensive.

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SYNONYMS

equipment

material ♦ gear ♦ kit ♦ apparatus

These 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 material

equipment 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 kit

apparatus

the tools or other pieces of equipment that are needed for a particular activity or task:

breathing apparatus for firefighters

laboratory apparatus

equipment or apparatus?

Apparatus is used especially for scientific, medical or technical purposes.

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

sports / skiing / camping equipment / gear / kit

household equipment / materials

electrical / electronic equipment / gear / apparatus

medical / breathing equipment / apparatus

a piece of equipment / apparatus

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WORD ORIGIN

early 18th cent.: from French équipement , from équiper equip.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.