\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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Many of them didn’t have tickets, and all were clad in some version of gold and black. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Las Vegas needs more sports — and sports needs more Vegas," 29 May 2018 Boseman arrived at the Met Gala clad in a white Versace cape adorned with crosses and tassels over a white suit and sparkling gold shoes. Lena Grossman, Time, "Chadwick Boseman Looks Like He's Answering Bradley Cooper's Prayers in 2018 Met Gala Photobomb," 8 May 2018 The sisters and founders of Lipstick Bail Bonds have testified at Capitol hearings and passed out chapsticks with their logo, clad in matching pink jackets. Jazmine Ulloa,, "Efforts to regulate bail companies have some unlikely allies: bail agents," 24 Apr. 2018 John Eli stood on the tarmac at Stinson Municipal Airport on Saturday morning, clad in an olive green Army shirt, his original dog tag on a chain around his neck. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Vietnam remembered," 17 Feb. 2018 The 2,500-square-foot home, powered by solar panels, is built from a concrete skeleton and clad in prefab components made from local spruce. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab modern lake house is powered by the sun," 5 July 2018 The practice of wrestling clad in leather trousers and oil dates to the Ottoman Empire, and the largest event these days takes place in northwest Turkey. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Oil wrestling practiced with devotion in Greece," 4 July 2018 About 10 minutes later the host went into the room to check a second time and found Smogoleski on top of the victim, who was partially clothed. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield teen sexually assaulted girl while she slept at underage drinking party, complaint says," 27 June 2018 Gilmore cleverly showed, step by step, the many layers of clothing a woman had to don in order to be a fashionista of the 1880s. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: Victorian fashions showcased during unique hospital fundraiser," 18 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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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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