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

transitive verb

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

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
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English clāthian, from clāth

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Clothe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


clothed or clad ˈklad How to pronounce clothe (audio) ; clothing
: to cover with or as if with clothing : dress
: to provide with clothes
: to express in a certain way
clothe your thoughts clearly

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