Meaning of EQUIPMENT in English

e ‧ quip ‧ ment S2 W2 AC /ɪˈkwɪpmənt/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ equip ; noun : ↑ equipment ; adjective : equipped]

1 . [uncountable] the tools, machines etc that you need to do a particular job or activity:

a shop selling camping equipment

some brand new computer equipment

a very useful piece of equipment


Equipment is an uncountable noun and has no plural form. Use a singular verb after it:

Make sure all equipment is properly labelled.

You can refer to one or more pieces/items/bits of equipment :

All items of equipment remain the property of the company.


In everyday English, people usually say stuff or, in British English, things rather than equipment :

Have you got your tennis stuff?

2 . [singular] the process of equipping someone or something

equipment of

A lot of money was spent on the equipment of the new hospital.

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■ phrases

▪ a piece of equipment

When you buy an expensive piece of equipment, you need to insure it.

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + equipment

▪ new/modern/up-to-date

The factory has some of the most up-to-date equipment available.

▪ military equipment

The sale of military equipment to the regime is banned.

▪ medical equipment

life-saving medical equipment

▪ electrical/electronic equipment

The store sells a wide range of electrical equipment.

▪ computer/video/stereo etc equipment

Ageing computer equipment should be replaced, not upgraded.

▪ essential/necessary/vital equipment

A compass is essential equipment when hiking.

▪ standard equipment (=the equipment that is in a car, which does not cost extra to have)

Standard equipment on this model includes airbags, climate control and cruise control.

▪ special equipment

You don’t need any special equipment, just a pair of running shoes.

▪ office equipment

office equipment, such as photocopiers and printers

▪ heavy equipment

The truck has to be able to carry tanks and other heavy equipment.

▪ safety/protective equipment

Employers must provide safety equipment, and make sure it is used.

▪ sporting/camping/skiing etc equipment

Can you help me load the camping equipment into the boot, please?

■ verbs

▪ use equipment

Mr Gomez will now demonstrate how to use the equipment safely.

▪ provide/supply equipment

a contract to supply drilling equipment to the mine

▪ install equipment

We are installing new computerized equipment in place of the old machines.

▪ need/require equipment

For scuba diving, you’ll need specialized equipment.

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▪ equipment noun [uncountable] the machines, tools, or objects that you use for doing something:

All the camping equipment is in the garage.


You’ll do a better job if you have the right equipment.


We are raising money for equipment for our playgroup.

▪ gear noun [uncountable] informal equipment and clothes for an activity that you do in your spare time:

We loaded all our gear into the boat, and set off to go fishing.


I’ve decided to sell my climbing gear.


camping gear

▪ kit noun [countable] things for a particular purpose or activity, especially ones kept together in their own container:

You’ll find a hammer in my tool kit.


Do you have a first aid kit?


You can buy a special kit for damp-proofing your home.

▪ apparatus noun [uncountable] tools and machines used for scientific, medical, and technical purposes:

This experiment can be performed using the apparatus shown in the diagram.


Astronauts have special breathing apparatus.

▪ stuff noun [uncountable] informal equipment that you use to do something:

The builders have left all their stuff round the back of the house.


Where’s the decorating stuff?

▪ things noun [plural] informal especially British English the equipment or clothes that you need for a particular activity:

She went into the shed where her father kept his gardening things.


They got all the Christmas things out of the loft.

▪ paraphernalia noun [uncountable] written a lot of small things that are used for a particular purpose:

All the paraphernalia for making tea and coffee stood on the bedside table.


The police found drug paraphernalia all over the house.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.