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[out-fit] /ˈaʊtˌfɪt/
an assemblage of articles that equip a person for a particular task, role, trade, etc.:
an explorer's outfit.
a set of usually matching or harmonious garments and accessories worn together; coordinated costume; ensemble:
a new spring outfit.
a set of articles for any purpose:
a cooking outfit.
a group associated in an undertaking requiring close cooperation, as a military unit.
a business firm engaged in a particular form of commercial enterprise:
a construction outfit.
any company, party, or set.
the act of fitting out or equipping for any purpose, as for a voyage, journey, or expedition.
mental, physical, or moral equipment.
verb (used with object), outfitted, outfitting.
to furnish with an outfit, equipment, etc.; fit out; equip:
to outfit an expedition to the South Pole.
Nautical. to finish equipping (a vessel) at a dock.
verb (used without object), outfitted, outfitting.
to furnish oneself with an outfit.
Origin of outfit
1755-65; out- + fit1
Related forms
outfitter, noun
preoutfit, verb (used with object), preoutfitted, preoutfitting.
reoutfit, verb (used with object), reoutfitted, reoutfitting.
1, 3. kit. 9. appoint, supply, rig. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outfit
  • Efforts to outfit the organs with protective proteins have succeeded only in delaying rejection for a few months.
  • The casually outfit couple looked comfortable and glad.
  • We should discourage scientists from interaction with any war outfit.
  • And you make an excellent point about how shoes can change the perception of an outfit, particularly if the two don't match.
  • Of course, whatever outfit is chosen to take this on will have to wrestle with the universe's daunting duo-time and distance.
  • Any lenience toward a particular diving outfit was accidental on my part.
  • She had brought only one suit, and she had to dash out to the mall to get a second outfit.
  • We had to outfit her for cold weather and protect her from the sun.
  • On a more serious note, dressing the part is about more than finally getting the chance to wear that interview suit or outfit.
  • To modify the two-seater, push-prop plane and outfit it with rocket engines cost about half a million dollars.
British Dictionary definitions for outfit


a set of articles or equipment for a particular task, occupation, etc
a set of clothes, esp a carefully selected one
(informal) any group or association regarded as a cohesive unit, such as a military company, business house, etc
the act of fitting out
(Canadian) (formerly) the annual shipment of trading goods and supplies sent by a fur company to its trading posts
verb -fits, -fitting, -fitted
to furnish or be furnished with an outfit, equipment, etc
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Word Origin and History for outfit

1769, "act of fitting out (a ship, etc.) for an expedition," from out + fit (v.). Sense of "articles and equipment required for an expedition" first attested 1787, American English; meaning "a person's clothes" is first recorded 1852; sense of "group of people" is from 1883.


1840, from outfit (n.). Related: Outfitted; outfitting; outfitter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for outfit


  1. A company or group working together: that outfit I used to work for
  2. A set of clothing; also, a set of items or things for a task or job: outfit looks good on you/ the outfit you need for the dig

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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