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outfit

[out-fit] /ˈaʊtˌfɪt/
noun
1.
an assemblage of articles that equip a person for a particular task, role, trade, etc.:
an explorer's outfit.
2.
a set of usually matching or harmonious garments and accessories worn together; coordinated costume; ensemble:
a new spring outfit.
3.
a set of articles for any purpose:
a cooking outfit.
4.
a group associated in an undertaking requiring close cooperation, as a military unit.
5.
a business firm engaged in a particular form of commercial enterprise:
a construction outfit.
6.
any company, party, or set.
7.
the act of fitting out or equipping for any purpose, as for a voyage, journey, or expedition.
8.
mental, physical, or moral equipment.
verb (used with object), outfitted, outfitting.
9.
to furnish with an outfit, equipment, etc.; fit out; equip:
to outfit an expedition to the South Pole.
10.
Nautical. to finish equipping (a vessel) at a dock.
verb (used without object), outfitted, outfitting.
11.
to furnish oneself with an outfit.
Origin of outfit
1755-1765
1755-65; out- + fit1
Related forms
outfitter, noun
preoutfit, verb (used with object), preoutfitted, preoutfitting.
reoutfit, verb (used with object), reoutfitted, reoutfitting.
Synonyms
1, 3. kit. 9. appoint, supply, rig.
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  • The duffel bag may be procured from any outfitting establishment.

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  • Such is the outfitting and infitting business in its relations to whaling.

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  • As soon as possible he proceeded to Portsmouth, and immediately entered upon the task of outfitting the Ranger for sea.

    The Story of John Paul Jones Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • She was working for a ladies' outfitting shop, and was very poorly paid.

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British Dictionary definitions for outfitting

outfit

/ˈaʊtˌfɪt/
noun
1.
a set of articles or equipment for a particular task, occupation, etc
2.
a set of clothes, esp a carefully selected one
3.
(informal) any group or association regarded as a cohesive unit, such as a military company, business house, etc
4.
the act of fitting out
5.
(Canadian) (formerly) the annual shipment of trading goods and supplies sent by a fur company to its trading posts
verb -fits, -fitting, -fitted
6.
to furnish or be furnished with an outfit, equipment, etc
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Word Origin and History for outfitting

outfit

n.

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.

v.

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

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

outfit

noun

  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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