\ ˈklōt͟h How to pronounce clothe (audio) \
clothed or clad\ ˈklad How to pronounce clad (audio) \; clothing

Definition of clothe

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with cloth or clothing : dress
b : to provide with clothes the cost of feeding and clothing a family
2 : to express or enhance by suitably significant language : couch treaties clothed in stately phraseology
3 : to endow especially with power or a quality the nobility in which religion and history can clothe humanity— D. R. Wallace

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Examples of clothe in a Sentence

the cost of feeding and clothing your children they liked to clothe the twins in identical outfits just to confuse people
Recent Examples on the Web In the intervening years, that band has made nine records, six EPs, innumerable singles, a board game, and enough t-shirts, hoodies, and onesies to clothe a continent. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "The Decemberists to Embark on 20th Anniversary Tour," 11 Feb. 2020 Table manners are no different whether someone is clothed or not. New York Times, "The Joy of Cooking Naked," 4 Feb. 2020 One key area where analysts expect Walmart to try to make bigger inroads is clothing sales, both online and in its stores. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "What Walmart and Target need to do to stay on top in a reshaped retail world," 29 Jan. 2020 Back in New York, Henry kept busy by masquerading as G. Clifford Prout, the president of The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, a faux organization out to convince America to clothe their pets and barnyard animals. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Buck Henry, Fun-Loving Screenwriter and Actor, Dies at 89," 9 Jan. 2020 The group behind GirlsDoPorn recruited women by advertising clothed modeling gigs on Craigslist and elsewhere. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge awards women $13 million in massive lawsuit against GirlsDoPorn," 4 Jan. 2020 And because the lower floors can be clad even as the rest of the building is still under construction, interior work — installing heating and air conditioning systems, building inner walls, etc. Richard A. Marini,, "The new glass buildings of San Antonio’s downtown and Midtown signal a new, modern era," 25 Jan. 2020 It should be properly clothed and fed and sheltered, but not crowned with a moral halo, and above all not allowed to have anything to do with government. Doug Henwood, Harper's magazine, "To Serve Is to Rule," 28 Oct. 2019 Many of the struggling companies are clothing sellers, who are likely to see sales dry up even more if shoppers cut spending or change their shopping habits in a downturn. Marc Bain, Quartz, "These fashion businesses are positioned to survive a US recession," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of clothe

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for clothe

Middle English, from Old English clāthian, from clāth

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The first known use of clothe was before the 12th century

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15 Feb 2020

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“Clothe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce clothe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clothe

: to provide (someone) with clothes
formal : to dress (someone) in a particular type of clothing


\ ˈklōt͟h How to pronounce clothe (audio) \
clothed or clad\ ˈklad \; clothing

Kids Definition of clothe

1 : to cover with or as if with clothing : dress
2 : to provide with clothes

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