verb (used with object), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.

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), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.

to furnish oneself with an outfit.

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 for outfit

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

Contemporary Examples of outfit

Historical Examples of outfit

  • 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



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 or -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.

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