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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Related Words for outfitted

furnished, supplied, equipped

Examples from the Web for outfitted

Contemporary Examples of outfitted

Historical Examples of outfitted

  • He outfitted a small poling-boat and went up the Porcupine River.

    Lost Face

    Jack London

  • He was fed, outfitted, and kept safe from the law that was looking for him.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • "The Pelican and the Curlew are outfitted for that kind of work," she stated.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • Quickly he outlined Duke's proposal and explained how they had outfitted the Cub.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

  • We had outfitted in Green River, so the wagons were already loaded.

    Letters on an Elk Hunt

    Elinore Pruitt Stewart

British Dictionary definitions for outfitted



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 outfitted



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



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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