\ˈklōt͟h \
clothed or clad\ˈklad \; 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

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Work on the home — a two-story clad in clapboard and flagstone — began a little more than a year ago. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Army veteran, family receive new house from Operation Finally Home," 9 June 2018 King Edmonds, clad in a yellow string bikini, added the hashtag #36weekspregnantwithtwins. Stephanie Petit,, "Pregnant Meghan King Edmonds Shows Off 36-Week Twin Baby Bump in a Bikini," 30 May 2018 Two of the feet that washed ashore in 2008 – one in February and the other in mid-June – were found on separate islands in British Columbia, clad in matching size 11 Nike running shoes. Amy B Wang, The Seattle Times, "A 14th human foot – this one in a hiking boot – washes ashore in Canada," 14 May 2018 The figure, which was said to dwarf visitors to the temple, sat on a massive throne, clad in a golden robe covered in a relief of animals and lilies and clutching a massive golden scepter., "Has the Best Art in the World Been Destroyed?," 2 May 2018 Meanwhile, the exterior, more reminiscent of an amusement park than a shopping center, will be clad in fabric canopies on top and lined with monochrome porcelain panels on the side. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Playful shopping mall designed by Will Alsop to be built in Kenya," 10 July 2018 Ceiling and walls also will be clad in Douglas fir. Michael Klein,, "Architect Frank Gehry to design Art Museum restaurant," 10 July 2018 The ceiling is clad in bamboo and walnut, and the light is custom. Zander Abranowicz, ELLE Decor, "A Modern Take on Greek Island Living in Serifos," 2 July 2018 They were clad in all white: boxer shorts, T-shirts and do-rags on their heads, the release stated. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "They escaped from a N.M. jail in their boxers. Now one of their guards is behind bars," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of clothe

: to provide (someone) with clothes

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


\ˈklōt͟h \
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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