\ 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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Tallulah Bankhead once dived fully clothed into the pool; her beaded dress weighed her down, obliging her to ditch the garment and emerge from the water naked. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 Lady Gaga gives us a whole nine-and-a-half minutes in the hottest women’s prison ever, including studded bikini clad inmates and tattoos galore. Nicole Demarco And Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "14 Sexy Music Videos You Definitely Shouldn't Watch at Work," 2 Nov. 2018 Now police are trying to find out what happened to the baby, whose remains were clothed and wrapped in a blanket, KSAT reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Drug raid leads police to baby’s body in trunk," 5 July 2018 Supporters have said he isn't clothed in Confederate dress and should be viewed through a historical lens and put in the proper context of his era. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Mayor should yank statue of ex-Confederate soldier, councilman says," 2 July 2018 Costume designer Holly Poe Durban outfits Falstaff with a convincing fat suit and an unkempt silvery mane befitting a vagrant, while clothing the rest of the cast in period-appropriate early-15th-century togs. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Henry IV': Theater Review," 9 June 2018 In all three appearances, Trump appears briefly and he, as well as the models on camera alongside him, are fully clothed. Christopher Massie, CNN, "Giuliani says people in the porn business are not credible. Trump has appeared in three softcore porn videos.," 7 June 2018 The table features slim, steel legs and a wood top clad in veneer cut from pieces of petrified wood, a fossilized material which is up to 225 million years old. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Table Is 100 Million Years Old," 10 Apr. 2019 Officers found the man nearby at the library, where he was fully clothed and using a computer. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Fatal crash reported along US 26 near Manning," 19 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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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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