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out·​fit ˈau̇t-ˌfit How to pronounce outfit (audio)
: the act of fitting out or equipping (as for a voyage or expedition)
: a set of tools or equipment especially for the practice of a trade
: a clothing ensemble often for a special occasion or activity
: physical, mental, or moral endowments or resources
: a group that works as a team : organization
especially : a military unit


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outfitted; outfitting

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to acquire an outfit
Choose the Right Synonym for outfit

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
In darker colors, this outfit would look dowdy, but our man here has got his shades just right. Aleks Cvetkovic, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2023 It’s one installment in the journey of this unpredictable indie rock outfit, one that touches on classic singer-songwriter sensibilities, plus touches of emo and even electronica. Beau Hayhoe, SPIN, 12 Jan. 2023 Phat mini denim skirts, and this outfit confirms that looking towards the past will always inspire the present. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 12 Jan. 2023 This outfit balances bright orange and peaceful blue nicely. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 This outfit is proof that preppy style can take on any vibe – even Victorian goth. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 3 Jan. 2023 As someone who is not ready for oversized to go away just yet, this outfit speaks to my soul. Irene Kim, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2022 Looking at the history of linen was important to her in creating this outfit. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 13 Dec. 2022 For this outfit, Dua Lipa's hair was half up, spilling over one shoulder in beautiful waves. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 10 Dec. 2022
By tradition, on Lunar New Year, you’re supposed to outfit yourself with new clothes, from inner to outer layers. Vanessa Hua, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 Though the collection can’t fully outfit you for the slopes, the blue, orange, and red-striped pieces will get you halfway there. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 2 Dec. 2022 Mamie and Emmett are driving to a downtown department store to outfit him for his trip. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2022 Hills worked with the Maestri Studio team to outfit the home with artwork, brass fixtures, custom furniture, custom rugs and finishes throughout. Dallas News, 22 July 2022 Oakland police abandoned the idea of arming robots with shotguns after public backlash, but will outfit them with pepper spray. Claudia Lauer, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2022 Police spokesperson Robert Rueca told The Washington Post that the department has a fleet of robots and does not plan to outfit them with firearms. Chris Boyette, CNN, 30 Nov. 2022 Of course, not everyone is equipped with the right camping gear like tents, hiking boots, and the like (or the budget for it) to outfit the most adventurous excursions. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 10 Dec. 2022 Instead, those who really want to outfit their home with Alexa speakers at least partially, often, turn to the Amazon Echo Dot. Christian De Looper, BGR, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1798, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outfit was in 1748

Dictionary Entries Near outfit

Cite this Entry

“Outfit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfit. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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out·​fit ˈau̇t-ˌfit How to pronounce outfit (audio)
: the equipment or clothing especially for some special purpose
a camping outfit
a sports outfit
: a group of persons working together or associated in the same activity
soldiers in the same outfit


2 of 2 verb
outfitted; outfitting
: to furnish with an outfit : equip
outfit an expedition
outfitter noun

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