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 is no end of Bavarian outfits, of hats with pins and feathers, of daringly low gathered blouses and lace-up bodices. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Everything you need to know about Oktoberfest Zinzinnati," 16 Sep. 2019 But the New Zealand Herald obtained a photograph showing a man with his face blurred out sitting in an office next to a clown, who is wearing, well, a clown outfit, and what appears to be an inflatable hat. oregonlive, "New Zealand worker feared he might lose his job. So he brought an emotional support clown to work.," 13 Sep. 2019 Stitch Fix's approach is decidedly more complex than just recommending an outfit. Wired, "Need Some Fashion Advice? Just Ask the Algorithm," 12 Sep. 2019 Others talked about needing to make their own clothing or having to special-order a company outfit, when the standard-issue uniform didn’t fit their frame. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "New research examines the treacherous experience of being “fat” at work," 9 Sep. 2019 From the hair, to the makeup, to the outfits, to the accessories, to the shoes, nobody does it quite like us and these fabulous photos are living proof. Rachaell Davis, Essence, "The Street Style At ESSENCE Fashion House NYC Was On Fire," 5 Sep. 2019 This was decades before air conditioning became a common convenience, and society women were expected to cover up in full, polished outfits even while on vacation, and especially for outings at the beach. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "10 white styles you should totally wear after Labor Day," 29 Aug. 2019 The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards were filled with show-stopping performances, memorable speeches, eye-popping outfits, and even a few awards. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "MTV VMAs 2019: All the best moments from pop music's big night," 27 Aug. 2019 Madame Basso, dressed in a nautical outfit, did the honours. . . Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After gathering reference points, her first order of business was to source costumes and fabrics from costumers across Los Angeles to outfit the seven stars of the film. Sonaiya Kelley, chicagotribune.com, "Oscar-winning designer Ruth Carter tasked with transforming Eddie Murphy for ‘Dolemite Is My Name’," 8 Sep. 2019 After gathering reference points, her first order of business was to source costumes and fabrics from costumers across Los Angeles to outfit the seven stars of the film. Los Angeles Times, "Who made Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ ’70s costumes? ‘Black Panther’ Oscar-winner Ruth Carter," 29 Aug. 2019 To outfit the space, a team of all-female designers and business owners led by BOCA selected the wall paper and furniture using current work and contemporary materials. al, "Go inside ‘Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future,' at the Birmingham Museum of Art," 9 Aug. 2019 In that other case, Caraway accepted bribes from the owner of a camera company who won a contract with Dallas County Schools to outfit school buses. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Second person pleads guilty in federal bribery case involving Dallas City Hall and housing developer," 23 July 2019 Cities and towns looking to win the designation may need to adopt an outdoor lighting policy, and homeowners may need to outfit their light fixtures with light bulbs that comply with the IDA's guidelines. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Cave Creek looking to become Arizona's next dark sky community. But what does that mean?," 22 July 2019 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

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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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