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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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  • They would strip him of the dress of civilization and clothe him in the garb of infamy.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • And possibly her imagination would have been able to clothe it all with an unbroken forest.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Thousands of dollars are being expended to feed and clothe the poor, and to take care of those who are dependent upon the Church.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • What would all you parsons do to clothe your backs and feed your bellies?

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • The priests change their priestly garments, and clothe in white.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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