\ 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

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Set on 40 feet of oceanfront, the Midcentury Modern-style house is clad in cedar shingles and dark-stained wood. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: Rounding the diamond," 15 June 2019 All three women were found partially clothed or nude in various stages of decomposition when they were discovered in abandoned homes on the east side of Detroit. Christine Pelisek,, "Mich. Police Believe Serial Killer Murdered 3 Women — and Person of Interest Is Arrested," 10 June 2019 Until recently, talk of connectivity in the poor world has almost invariably been clothed in the pragmatic and well-meaning language of development. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 Then on May 24, police discovered the body of a second woman partially clothed in a vacant home. Gina Martinez, Time, "Detroit Police Are Searching for a Possible Serial Killer Targeting Women in Their 50s," 6 June 2019 Nina Khrushcheva was clad in the simplest dress, which buttoned at the front. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 Always the fashion icons, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook were clad in classic black suits, accentuating their individual personalities through their colorful hairstyles — not unlike their memorable look at the 2019 Grammys. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "BTS Performs "Boy With Luv" and "Mic Drop" on "Saturday Night Live"," 14 Apr. 2019 In one post earlier this year, Cash and Alexander are beanie-clad and huddled together on a leafy hike—picture perfect. Kathryn Wirsing, Marie Claire, "Aya Cash Takes a Turn for the Best," 30 Apr. 2019 The three were helmet-clad and on the marked bike path when Mikese Morse plowed a burgundy Dodge Caliber into the family. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man said he was going to kill someone — then mowed down a family riding bikes, police say," 25 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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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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