clothe

verb \ ˈklōt͟h \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of clothe

clothed or clad play \ˈklad\; clothing
transitive verb
1 a : 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

Examples of clothe in a Sentence

  1. the cost of feeding and clothing your children

  2. they liked to clothe the twins in identical outfits just to confuse people

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Origin and Etymology of clothe

Middle English, from Old English clāthian, from clāth



CLOTHE Defined for English Language Learners

clothe

verb

Definition of clothe for English Language Learners

  • : to provide (someone) with clothes

  • : to dress (someone) in a particular type of clothing


CLOTHE Defined for Kids

clothe

verb \ ˈklōt͟h \

Definition of clothe for Students

clothed or clad \ˈklad\; clothing
1 : to cover with or as if with clothing : dress
2 : to provide with clothes


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