\ 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Click on to clothe your summer selves in the coolest, chicest fabric around. Kate Spencer,, "15 Pairs Of Breezy (& Affordable) Linen Pajamas," 20 Apr. 2021 Michael Sheehy, a House Democrat from near Toledo, sent $2,000 to an organization that helps feed and clothe the poor. John Caniglia, cleveland, "A critic of FirstEnergy’s dark money in Cleveland has had a long relationship with the Akron utility," 31 Jan. 2021 The pandemic has put millions of Americans in dire financial straits, forcing many to rely on charities to adequately feed and clothe their families and stave off homelessness. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Here's how to get this year's special charitable tax deduction," 20 Dec. 2020 In the 19th century, rich slaveholders often ordered expensive livery from high-end companies like Brooks Brothers to clothe public-facing slaves and servants. Christina Tkacik,, "The life and coat of Tilghman Davis, who drove for the same Maryland family in slavery and freedom," 22 Oct. 2020 LaTonya Simmons, who worked decades at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport to feed and clothe her four kids, called Jonathon — her oldest — one night and encouraged him to pursue a career as a barber. Connor Letourneau,, "Jonathon Simmons looks to resuscitate NBA career with Warriors," 29 Sep. 2020 Plus, budgeting to clothe and feed a growing boy was sometimes a stretch. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "'I just want to see him thrive': How kinship care changed these siblings' lives," 28 Sep. 2020 Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families., "VolunTeen Leo shoe drive fundraiser collects more than 6,900 pairs," 17 Aug. 2020 Persico pointed out that church entities help feed, clothe and shelter the poor — and in doing so keep people employed. CBS News, "After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4 billion in coronavirus aid," 10 July 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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“Clothe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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