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noun (CLOTHES/EQUIPMENT)    /ɡɪər/ US  /ɡɪr/
B2 [U] the equipment, clothes, etc. that you use to do a particular activity: fishing/camping gear Police in riot gear (= protective clothing) arrived to control the protesters. → See also headgearThings needed for a taskSportswear and swimwear B2 informal clothes: She wears all the latest gear.Clothing - general words
(Definition of gear noun (CLOTHES/EQUIPMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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