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clothe

[klohth] /kloʊð/
verb (used with object), clothed or clad, clothing.
1.
to dress; attire.
2.
to provide with clothing.
3.
to cover with or as with clothing.
Origin of clothe
950
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)
Synonyms
1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck.
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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
  • clothe the boy so that he may look not like what he is, but what he may be.

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • 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
  • For how should we clothe ourselves, how nourish ourselves, without the agriculturist?

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • The priests change their priestly garments, and clothe in white.

British Dictionary definitions for clothe

clothe

/kləʊð/
verb (transitive) clothes, clothing, clothed, clad
1.
to dress or attire (a person)
2.
to provide with clothing or covering
3.
to conceal or disguise
4.
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
v.

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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