\ 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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Her hair is now tied severely back, and she’s clad in a drab olive green that evokes her future uniform as a Gilead enforcer. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cruelty of Aunt Lydia," 13 July 2019 Fun fashion for kids Kids will love the casual, yet hip and trendy styles offered by Appaman, a children’s clothing line offering everything from t-shirts, jeans and swimsuits to suits, outerwear and accessories. Jean Chen Smith,, "Top 10 summer trends for 2019, from fashion to furniture," 1 July 2019 For our interview, her hair was bright blonde, but she was clad in a neon pink cheerleader-meets-basketball-player-inspired dress. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Momoland Shares the Weirdest Parts of Their Beauty Routines," 24 Aug. 2018 More: This week at Supreme Court: Can clothing firm sell with a trademark resembling the F-word? Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "F-word wins in Supreme Court free speech case on trademark protection for 'immoral, scandalous' material," 24 June 2019 Lil Nas X, clad in a neon-yellow getup, led an absolutely rambunctious crowd in the sing-along while Cyrus delivered his verse at a mic stand, giving in to a few cowboy boot kicks as dancers strutted around him. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Ride 'Old Town Road' to the 2019 BET Awards: Watch," 23 June 2019 The other two categories of hemp use are for the protein-rich edible seeds, or grains, and fiber for everything from clothing fabric to biodegradable plastic. Lynn Brezosky,, "Texas farmers ready for catch-up mode in global hemp race," 17 June 2019 Theft, Cedar Road At 6:05 p.m. June 6, an East Cleveland man, 48, was arrested for stealing clothing merchandise worth $372 from Dillard’s at Beachwood Place mall, 26300 Cedar Road., "Man arrested for beating woman while in parked car: Beachwood Police Blotter," 11 June 2019 The intel comes courtesy of a lawsuit Kim is involved in against fast fashion brand Missguided USA clothing company. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Apparently Makes $1 Million Per Instagram Post," 4 May 2019

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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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