clothe

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

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 ABC News reporters on the ground say that volunteers across the region have been offering to house, feed, and clothe the many refugees. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 2 Mar. 2022 Most black women have to work to help house, feed, and clothe their families. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2022 During Monday's Zoom proceeding, Minneapolis civil rights attorney Jordan Kushner painted Rice as a community activist who volunteers to feed and clothe the homeless and works as a carpenter. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 21 Dec. 2021 Increasing the payments and extending them to more low-income parents made available an additional $77 billion to feed, clothe and provide for more than 61 million children, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said during a Senate hearing last month. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 Players can design and clothe their own digital avatars, give items to other players and purchase upgrades for their homes. Karen “kat” Schrier, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 All day with the chain gang for 30 days, feed and clothe us and everything. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2021 Players can design and clothe their own digital avatars, give items to other players and purchase upgrades for their homes. Karen “kat” Schrier, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Players can design and clothe their own digital avatars, give items to other players and purchase upgrades for their homes. Karen “kat” Schrier, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 See More

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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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“Clothe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clothe. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for clothe

clothe

verb
\ 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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