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

The UK Independence Party, Mr Farage’s old outfit, came second in 120 constituencies in 2015, with 12.6% of the vote. The Economist, "How pacts and tactical voting could sway the coming British election," 14 Sep. 2019 My mom wasn’t preppy like the other mothers at camp pickup day, who wore ponytails and matchy outfits. Devorah Heitner, Longreads, "What’s Happening to My Body?," 13 Sep. 2019 Looks included a flowing white tunic with red trim and matching white pants; a brilliant yellow-gold gown with long, billowing sleeves, a skirt that flared at the bottom and a cut-out back; and brilliant artwork emblazoned on casual outfits. chicagotribune.com, "New York Fashion Week Spring 2020: The best looks," 13 Sep. 2019 Elsewhere on Wall Street, online protection outfit Cloudflare priced its IPO at $15 per share, giving it a valuation of $4.4 billion, more than double its last private value. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Apple’s Sinking in the World’s Biggest Mobile Market—Data Sheet," 13 Sep. 2019 Plus, the trend may have been huge in the spring collections, but tangerine is actually great for right now, as a way to liven up fall outfits. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Move Over, Neon Green—Tangerine Is the Next Big Color Trend, According to New York Fashion Week," 12 Sep. 2019 Now, Stitch Fix is putting its data scientists to work toward understanding outfits in a more holistic sense, using algorithms. Wired, "Need Some Fashion Advice? Just Ask the Algorithm," 12 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, Twitter user @lizzylynngarcia took a new look at Newton’s outfits by comparing them to the costumes worn by the villains in Batman comic books, cartoons and movies. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Which Batman villain is Cam Newton dressed like?," 10 Sep. 2019 As usual, Turner brought the drama with her style, managing to change outfits between photo calls for her forthcoming film, Heavy. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Rocks Culottes and Gowns with Leg Slits at Deauville American Film Festival," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Emerald green lawns encircle the outdoor swimming pool, which is outfitted with a diving board and twin basketball hoops. Variety.com, The Mercury News, "Photos: Ex-Facebook VP asks $35 million for major-league Silicon Valley mansion," 12 Sep. 2019 So, while one end of Gold Sprint is outfitted with a work bench, air pump, tools, work stand, etc. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Huntsville, here’s your next coffee obsession," 19 Aug. 2019 Also, make sure the rooms in which these tasks take place are outfitted with easy-to-read clocks. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Getting your kids organized for the new school year," 10 Aug. 2019 The machine, which was outfitted with PlayStation Eye cameras and could execute a move in 15 milliseconds, solved the puzzle in just 0.38 seconds. The Economist, "Speedcubers are solving Rubik’s Cubes at ever-faster speeds," 11 July 2019 But, yes, there’s something counterintuitive about outfitting players in the same attire. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: U.S. Open Week One; Should We Buy the Coco Gauff Hype?," 29 Aug. 2019 The Oregon State Police superintendent this summer responded to criticism from some retirees who accused the agency of wading into politics by outfitting a patrol car with temporary rainbow decals in honor of Pride Month. oregonlive.com, "Oregon state police car decorated for Pride riles some retired troopers," 20 Aug. 2019 And the company has filed a patent application for outfitting Ring cameras with facial recognition. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Amazon is developing high-tech surveillance tools for an eager customer: America's police," 8 Aug. 2019 The Glicks’ donation allows the organization to proceed with outfitting the space for the center, the kick-off project for the new campus. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Creative arts therapy program coming to Hanover," 24 July 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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