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[klohth] /kloʊð/
verb (used with object), clothed or clad, clothing.
to dress; attire.
to provide with clothing.
to cover with or as with clothing.
Origin of clothe
before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related forms
half-clothed, adjective
preclothe, verb (used with object), preclothed, preclothing.
reclothe, verb (used with object), reclothed or reclad, reclothing.
underclothed, adjective
well-clothed, adjective
Can be confused
close, cloth, clothe, clothes, cloze (see synonym study at close)
1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clothe
  • Then clothe me in a mantle and a doublet, goodly raiment.
  • Piñons and scrubbier, more drought-resistant junipers have long been partners in the low woodlands that clothe much of the region.
  • If freedom allows someone to clothe themselves how they want then all of a sudden it's a threat to the state.
  • The employees will be free to feed, house and clothe themselves simply by taking what they want.
  • Older than all epics and histories, which clothe a nation, this under-shirt sits close to the body.
  • In this clothe yourself so that your hair may keep still and not bristle and stand upon end all over your body.
  • Its oldest forms are agriculture and animal husbandry: modifying the natural world to feed and clothe ourselves.
  • To feed him, clothe him, and help him grow into a capable human being.
  • The occupiers tried to feed them, clothe them, and educate them.
  • There's a reason that starve the beast has no curves, formulas or doctoral dissertations to clothe its nakedness.
British Dictionary definitions for clothe


verb (transitive) clothes, clothing, clothed, clad
to dress or attire (a person)
to provide with clothing or covering
to conceal or disguise
to endow or invest
Word Origin
Old English clāthian, from clāthcloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for clothe

Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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