outfit

noun
out·​fit | \ ˈau̇t-ˌfit How to pronounce outfit (audio) \

Definition of outfit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of fitting out or equipping (as for a voyage or expedition)
2a : a set of tools or equipment especially for the practice of a trade
b : a clothing ensemble often for a special occasion or activity
c : physical, mental, or moral endowments or resources
3 : a group that works as a team : organization especially : a military unit

outfit

verb
outfitted; outfitting

Definition of outfit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with an outfit
2 : supply outfitting every family with shoesAmer. Guide Series: Vt.

intransitive verb

: to acquire an outfit

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Synonyms for outfit

Synonyms: Noun

costume, drag, dress, garb, getup, guise, togs

Synonyms: Verb

accoutre (or accouter), equip, fit (out), furnish, gird, kit (up or out) [chiefly British], provision, rig, supply

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Verb

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function. a sparsely furnished apartment equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use. a fully equipped kitchen outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation. outfitted the family for a ski trip appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings. a lavishly appointed apartment accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity. fully accoutred members of a polar expedition

Examples of outfit in a Sentence

Noun

She bought a new outfit for the party. the restaurant provides its waitstaff with themed outfits

Verb

The company outfitted us with food and supplies. outfitted the scuba instructors handsomely with all new gear
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are 892,517 cases outstanding, says TRAC, a research outfit at Syracuse University, and hundreds of thousands more are pending. The Economist, "What caused the shameful scenes at America’s southern border?," 6 July 2019 Teen Vogue spoke with Emily about her process, how the show has inspired her own style, and the best outfits and hairstyles from Friends. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "@EveryFriendsOufit is the Instagram Account Tirelessly Chronicling Every Outfit On The Show Friends," 5 July 2019 In one version, Bo, while on a mission in an antique shop, wore a turquoise-tinted work outfit and a red hair scarf - a look inspired by the World War II poster icon Rosie the Riveter. Michael Cavna, chicagotribune.com, "The 10 best secrets, surprises and Easter eggs from ‘Toy Story 4’," 27 June 2019 All while draped in dashing outfits and flower headpieces and armed, people who knew her say, with a vibrant smile. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman, was a central figure in the gay liberation movement," 26 June 2019 Match your outfit and your accessories with this nail style. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "25 Homecoming Nail Ideas That'll Help You Stand Out," 25 June 2019 In one version, Bo, while on a mission in an antique shop, wore a turquoise-tinted work outfit and a red hair scarf — a look inspired by the World War II poster icon Rosie the Riveter. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "The 10 best secrets, surprises and Easter eggs from ‘Toy Story 4’," 25 June 2019 Schumer captioned an Instagram post that showed her son wearing a lion-print outfit and snuggling up to her chest, seemingly sound asleep. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "So in Love! Amy Schumer Snuggles with 7-Week-Old Gene in Sweet New Mother-Son Photo," 23 June 2019 In a reflective silver-and-gold outfit and Ice Cube T-shirt, Clinton manned center stage as the carnival unfolded around him. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "George Clinton leads the P-Funk circus one last time in metro Detroit homecoming show," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The seven towers range in height from 115 feet tall to 150 feet tall and will be outfitted with various communication antennas as well as microwave dishes. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "New Woodlands Fire Department communications towers on schedule for August completion," 26 June 2019 But the announcement has some questioning whether all officers will be outfitted and others asking why Phoenix has taken so long to implement the technology. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix is the largest city in the nation without widespread police body cameras," 17 June 2019 The new facility will be outfitted with a number of aspects that employees are excited about: training and education suites, a full-service cafeteria, a client hospitality center, a fitness center, a resource library and more. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "Ensemble to create 1100 new jobs in Cincinnati by 2020," 7 June 2019 Sources say Barnstable County deputies outfitted Greig with a GPS monitoring device which is required until her release next year. CBS News, "Whitey Bulger's girlfriend moved to halfway house in Massachusetts to serve out sentence," 20 June 2019 The 90 foot, beach entry pool is outfitted with a waterfall, grotto and swim up bar that serves as the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail during the Houston summer. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Sprawling Sugar Land mansion with backyard paradise sees massive price reduction," 18 June 2019 Offices were outfitted with whiteboards; there were bedrooms for employees, plus a wine cellar and a library, its shelves mostly bare. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Berg and Ray said their fire district crews have outfitted their trucks with wildfire gear earlier than normal, and Skrinde said his department this year purchased a second truck made for fighting wildfires. Kimberly Cauvel, The Seattle Times, "Washington faces especially bad wildfire season," 28 May 2019 Momentum Dynamics uses magnetic inductive charging, and each electric bus is outfitted with a receiver underneath the vehicle. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "IndyGo says it has a fix for Red Line buses that don't go the distance. Here's how it's worked elsewhere.," 3 May 2019

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First Known Use of outfit

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1798, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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outfit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of outfit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a set of clothes that are worn together
: a group of people working together in the same activity

outfit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of outfit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide (someone or something) with equipment or clothes especially for a special purpose

outfit

noun
out·​fit | \ ˈau̇t-ˌfit How to pronounce outfit (audio) \

Kids Definition of outfit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of clothing worn together … she always wears the same kind of outfit: jeans, a turtleneck, a sweater, and running shoes.— Ann M. Martin, Claudia and the Sad Good-bye
2 : the equipment for a special use a camping outfit
3 : a group of persons working together or associated in the same activity I'm working for a landscaping outfit.

outfit

verb
outfitted; outfitting

Kids Definition of outfit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply with equipment for a special purpose : equip Parents need to outfit children for school.

Other Words from outfit

outfitter noun

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