\ 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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Like most events centered around scantily clad attractive people day-drinking, Coachella Weekend 1 was full of drama. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "All the Best Drama From the First Weekend of Coachella," 16 Apr. 2018 The new team executive sneaked into the Mariners’ dugout in disguise yesterday, clad in a bushy fake mustache, shades and a hoodie. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The state’s first wildlife-detection dog, plus Seattle’s sports power couple | Friday Morning Brief, June 22," 22 June 2018 According to tabloid reports, Kate famously set out to meet Will — and succeeded — by appearing before him scantily clad in an undergraduate fashion show. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What the difference between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle says about how we conceive of the “ideal woman”," 18 May 2018 Amazon’s clothing try-on service, Prime Wardrobe, is opening up to all Prime subscribers today. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Amazon’s clothing try-on service opens up to all Prime subscribers today," 20 June 2018 On May 5, the park district will host a baby and kids clothing resale event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center. Pioneer Press,, "Darien kids uncover 5,000 eggs in annual hunt," 26 Mar. 2018 Claire’s is the latest in a string of recent U.S. retail bankruptcies including children’s clothing chain Gymboree Corp., athletic gear seller the Sports Authority and toy seller Toys R Us. Bloomberg News, Houston Chronicle, "Claire’s becomes latest retail bankruptcy," 19 Mar. 2018 Walmart’s second new women’s clothing line, Time and Tru, offers trendy denim jeans and shorts, bohemian-style blouses and cute spring-ready shirtdresses. Kami Phillips,, "6 Surprisingly Fashionable Items You Can Now Shop at Walmart for Under $25," 8 Mar. 2018 Guppyfriend, the laundry bag, is sold by clothing company Patagonia for $29.75. Patrick Whittle, The Christian Science Monitor, "War on microfiber pollution starts in the laundry room," 8 Mar. 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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