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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Don't forget your red, white, and blue Fourth of July outfit, though! Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 11 July 2024 Queen Camilla and Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh were complementary in hues of blue at the Palace of Holyroodhouse garden party on July 2, while Zara, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall coordinated in pink and white outfits at the Buckingham Palace garden party on May 21. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 10 July 2024
For the new test flight, Joby took a pre-production prototype of one of its battery-electric aircraft and outfitted it with a liquid hydrogen fuel tank and fuel system. Mack Degeurin, Popular Science, 11 July 2024 The upper-level primary suite, which boasts its own wing of the house, is outfitted with a fireplace, dual walk-in closets, a dressing room, and a skylit his-and-hers bathroom with a marble shower and a soaking tub. Katie Schultz, Architectural Digest, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for outfit 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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


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

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