Synonyms of outfit

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1 clothing chosen as appropriate for a specific situation
  • the restaurant provides its waitstaff with themed outfits
  • do you want to buy a new outfit for the Halloween party?

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2 a commercial or industrial activity or organization
  • they're an outfit specializing in travel tours for senior citizens

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3 a group of people working together on a task
  • the whole outfit quit early for lunch

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4 items needed for the performance of a task or activity
  • for this class, you will need a professional camera outfit which includes at least one telephoto lens and one wide-angle lens

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5 the distinctive clothing worn by members of a particular group
  • the highway patrol outfit includes jackboots and a high-crowned hat

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Synonyms & Antonyms of outfit (Entry 2 of 2)

to provide (someone) with what is needed for a task or activity
  • outfitted the scuba instructors handsomely with all new gear

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How does the verb outfit contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of outfit are accoutre, appoint, equip, and furnish. While all these words mean "to supply one with what is needed," 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

When would accoutre be a good substitute for outfit?

In some situations, the words accoutre and outfit are roughly equivalent. However, accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity.

fully accoutred members of a polar expedition

When is appoint a more appropriate choice than outfit?

Although the words appoint and outfit have much in common, appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings.

a lavishly appointed apartment

When could equip be used to replace outfit?

The words equip and outfit are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use.

a fully equipped kitchen

When might furnish be a better fit than outfit?

The synonyms furnish and outfit are sometimes interchangeable, but furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function.

a sparsely furnished apartment

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The first known use of outfit was in 1748

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“Outfit.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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