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
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, et cetera 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 fire-fighters; 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