verb (used with object), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.
verb (used without object), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.
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OTHER WORDS FROM outfitout·fit·ter, nounpre·out·fit, verb (used with object), pre·out·fit·ted, pre·out·fit·ting.re·out·fit, verb (used with object), re·out·fit·ted, re·out·fit·ting.
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What does outfit mean?
Outfit commonly means a set of clothes, especially when they have been designed or carefully selected to be worn together.
Outfit can also be used as a term for a company, organization, or group that works closely together. As a verb, it means to provide with the proper equipment.
Example: Oh, I just love your outfit—I would have never thought to mix a flower pattern with a leopard print.
Where does outfit come from?
The first records of outfit come from the mid-1700s. Its earliest uses relate to stocking ships with the proper equipment and supplies.
From there, it developed a sense referring to the things needed for an expedition. It’s rarely used this way today, but when used as a verb, outfit means “to equip” and it often refers to providing someone with the right gear, especially for a specialized purpose. Someone who does this is called an outfitter, and this term often refers to stores that sell hunting and outdoor equipment.
A group going on an expedition can also be called an outfit. This sense of the word is often used to refer to businesses in a particular industry, as in trucking outfit. It’s also applied to military units.
But the most common meaning of outfit refers collectively to the clothes that someone is wearing. Regardless of whether you put any thought into what they would look like together, the clothes you’re wearing right now are an outfit. However, outfit is most often understood as referring to a set of clothes (and accessories) that are meant to go together, as in Before I go to bed each night, I choose and lay out my outfit for the next day. (We see you with the yellow vest and the matching socks. It’s working.)
Outfit has a lot of meanings, but most of them relate to equipment or clothing. Remember: You can outfit (equip) an outfit (group) with outfits (coordinated clothing).
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What are some other forms related to outfit?
- outfitter (noun)
- outfitted (past tense verb)
- preoutfit (verb)
- reoutfit (verb)
What are some synonyms for outfit?
What are some words that share a root or word element with outfit?
What are some words that often get used in discussing outfit?
How is outfit used in real life?
Outfit is most often in the context of clothes and fashion. As a verb, it often relates to preparing for outdoor activities.
this is harry's best outfit, period. pic.twitter.com/kFOPVf2ynX
— marta • ia ❀ˊˎ˗ (@tpwkhalsey) February 26, 2020
Thanks to @ZeroGenApparel for outfitting our entire Esports program with these incredible jerseys! Our Overwatch team is looking better than ever, and is ready to battle for tonight's match at 7PM! pic.twitter.com/dUnrAr5MtX
— Vianney Esports (@VianneyEsports) March 3, 2020
is mozilla a good outfit to work for ?
— Nick Main (@_nickmain) December 13, 2013
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Which of the following things would NOT be part of an outfit?
Example sentences from the Web for outfit
They let us get ahead of the outfit, then the rest of the guys came in.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Style-wise, there has perhaps been just one outfit that could be described as a miss since Kate returned to active service.
The outfit was listed as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010.Christian Radio Host Says Obama Politicized MH17 to Normalize ‘Sexual Deviancy’|Olivia Nuzzi|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For everyone else, the unremitting stream of appearances, outfit changes, photo shoots and flights soon becomes wearisome.Inside ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’: The Reality Star’s Aspirational App and Vainest Project Yet|Frances McInnis|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A photographer snaps away as Johnson changes from outfit to outfit.The Fabulous Life of EJ Johnson, the Stylish Son of the Lakers Legend|Itay Hod|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The despatch of the Salonika force and their outfit are absorbing all my energies.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2|Ian Hamilton
Madam Wetherill was very generous with her outfit, though she began to feel the pinch of straitened means.A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia|Amanda Minnie Douglas
A store house in which was kept the bulk of the outfit and the furs gathered.Canadian Wilds|Martin Hunter
Now and again portages were made, but the outfit was light and these occasioned small delay.The Wilderness Castaways|Dillon Wallace
It is far and away more compact, more ingeniously contrived, and grander than our English outfit.A Journal from Japan|Marie Carmichael Stopes