Definition of kit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪt//
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  1. 1[countable] a set of parts ready to be made into something a kit for a model plane She built the doll’s house from a kit.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a set of tools or equipment that you use for a particular purpose a first-aid kit a drum kit Synonymsequipmentmaterial gear kit apparatusThese are all words for the things that you need for a particular purpose or activity.equipment the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity:camping equipment a piece of equipment material things that are needed for a particular activity:household cleaning materials teaching materialequipment or material?Equipment is usually solid things, especially large ones. Materials may be liquids, powders or books, CDs, etc. containing information, as well as small solid items.gear the equipment or clothes needed for a particular activity:Skiing gear can be expensive.kit a set of tools or equipment that you use for a particular purpose:a first-aid kit a tool kitapparatus the tools or other pieces of equipment that are needed for a particular activity or task:breathing apparatus for firefighters laboratory apparatus Apparatus is used especially for scientific, medical or technical purposes.Patterns electrical/​electronic equipment/​gear/​apparatus sports equipment/​gear/​kit camping equipment/​gear a piece of equipment/​apparatus see also toolkit
  3. 3[uncountable] (British English) a set of clothes and equipment that you use for a particular activity sports kit
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Middle Dutch kitte ‘wooden vessel’, of unknown origin. The original sense ‘wooden tub’ was later applied to other containers; the use denoting a soldier's equipment (late 18th cent.) probably arose from the idea of a set of articles packed in a container.Extra examples Check the acidity of the soil with a test kit. Each kit comes with a sealable bag. Have you made up the kit yet? I spent Sunday assembling emergency kits for the expedition. In the middle of the stage was a drum kit. She keeps an emergency medical kit in her car. The doll’s house comes in kit form. The kit contains everything you need to make six candles. There should be a needle and thread in the sewing kit. They built the garage from a kit. a kit for making candles a teddy bear dressed in a replica Real Madrid kit an electronic press kit that features brief interviews with the movie’s actors the official supplier of the England team kit They left most of their kit at the camp. a tool kitIdioms (British English, slang) to take your clothes off
    the whole (kit and) caboodle
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    (informal) everything I had new clothes, a new hairstyle—the whole caboodle.