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


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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 No one called me on the outfit — neither my parents nor any teacher or classmate. Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, "A white writer confronts her schooling at a segregated private “academy” and challenges others to do the same," 8 Nov. 2019 Their chunky shape is the opposite of the streamlined, chisel-toe oxfords Hollywood men usually gravitate towards, but the shoe departure added a roguish twist to the outfit. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Shia LaBeouf Continues His Winning Streak of Statement Shoes," 6 Nov. 2019 Don't discount the holiday party outfit potential of a shirtdress: A printed style with a flared-out skirt makes for a dramatic look. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "6 Perfect Holiday Party Dress Ideas to Copy Through New Year’s," 6 Nov. 2019 Julien’s Auctions says the leather jacket that Newton-John’s character, Sandy, wore fetched $243,200, bringing the total for the outfit to $405,700. BostonGlobe.com, "Newton-John says she’s excited Blakley purchased them.," 6 Nov. 2019 But the Windy City MLS outfit was just purchased in September for $400 million. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Forbes lists Colorado Rapids as lowest valued franchise in MLS," 4 Nov. 2019 Among the outfits: Jesus, devil, teddy bear, inmate, unicorn, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, a hot dog, Waldo, Wayne Campbell. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tool channel demons — and Dwight Schrute — at intense Halloween show at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum," 1 Nov. 2019 The city passed new short-term rental regulations in June requiring companies like Airbnb to disclose the identities of their hosts before the outfit can legally advertise vacation rentals and collect renters’ payments inside Portland city limits. oregonlive, "Airbnb launching new registration system to help Portland keep track of rental hosts," 31 Oct. 2019 For Slate, the black outfit was both Jenny and Susan, or, rather, what a Jenny who wants to be a Susan might wear. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Jenny Slate’s Netflix Special Is All About the Joy of Getting Dressed," 29 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The silver Alpha brewhouses and fermenters on Fractal’s brewing floor are in full view of the high-ceilinged main tavern room, outfitted with furniture made from wood sourced from Lowe’s brother-in-law’s Ardmore farm. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "A new craft brewery aims to make mark in Huntsville," 5 Nov. 2019 In it, a man slowly applies clown makeup to his face; by 12:01 am he is fully outfitted in a wig and red nose—just in time to stream the album on Spotify or Apple Music. Wired, "The Empty Innovation of Kanye West's Gospel Album," 29 Oct. 2019 The Waterworks park is complemented by Carnival’s signature SportSquare area as well as a new adults-only Serenity area outfitted with elegant padded lounge chairs, a full bar, and even a hot tub away from the kids. Douglas Mackinnon, orlandosentinel.com, "Having sailed both versions, cruiser reviews old Carnival Triumph vs. new Carnival Sunrise," 29 Oct. 2019 Bora Bora is a private lagoon outfitted with exclusive cabanas and dedicated service. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Guitar hotel to make its bow as Seminole Hard Rock flexes financial might," 18 Oct. 2019 When the team retrieves the carousel, a gray cylindrical frame outfitted with sensors and large sampling bottles, the winch is too feeble to hoist it on deck. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 The Prague Jew, who made no secret of his religious background, quickly constructed a state-of-the-art chemistry lab outfitted with Bavarian crucibles and a high-temperature furnace. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian, "America’s First Practicing Jew in America Finally Gets His Due," 21 Sep. 2019 Overnighters will find cozy lodge rooms outfitted with handmade furnishings, modern necessities and wood-burning fireplaces in some rooms. Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "Head to Mount Hood any time of year: Gerry Frank’s picks," 15 Sep. 2019 Not long after the break, Bullock’s team, which had been exchanging jokes over plates of bruschetta, poutine, and avocado egg rolls, closed their tab and moved across the street to Up-Down, an arcade bar outfitted with retro video games. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Democratic Debate Night with Steve Bullock, the Last Governor in the Presidential Race," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of outfit


1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1798, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of outfit was in 1748

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How to pronounce outfit (audio)

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



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

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


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.


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.

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outfitter noun

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