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outfit

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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.
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verb (used with object), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.
  1. to furnish with an outfit, equipment, etc.; fit out; equip: to outfit an expedition to the South Pole.
  2. Nautical. to finish equipping (a vessel) at a dock.
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verb (used without object), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.
  1. to furnish oneself with an outfit.
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Origin of outfit

First recorded in 1755–65; out- + fit1
Related formsout·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.

Synonyms

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1, 3. kit. 9. appoint, supply, rig.
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Examples from the Web for outfit

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  • The villain from whom I hired the outfit said it was complete.

  • Even the outfit of the boarders must be approved by the same authority.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • She was the most meagre craft, in the way of outfit, I ever put to sea in.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • But the owner of this outfit, a born hunter, took a keen interest in Wahb.

    The Biography of a Grizzly

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • We interpreted this as an answer, and made up an outfit for five.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for outfit

outfit

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
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verb -fits, -fitting or -fitted
  1. to furnish or be furnished with an outfit, equipment, etc
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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v.

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

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