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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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  • It was a heroic fight, that of this poor famine-pinched, undisciplined mob against the well-fed, well-clothed veterans of France.

  • The canoes were filled with well-clothed, intelligent natives.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
  • Again he saw his big, well-clothed figure in a glass, and he smiled.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • He sent his labouring people out to the neighbourhood, and gathered to him thirty well-clothed men, and rode home with them.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • Then the neatness and apparent cleanliness of the villages, and the well-clothed, well-mannered people—all so “respectable.”

  • They certainly looked fighting fit and fat, and well-clothed.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • Well-fed, well-clothed and well-housed, he still fears the elements and dreads exposure and hunger.

  • Judicious "hardening" means ample exposure of well-fed and well-clothed children.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • This well-clothed vegetable is now fit to see company, or make love.

    A Wanderer in Holland E. V. Lucas
British Dictionary definitions for well-clothed

well-clothed

adjective (well clothed when postpositive)
1.
dressed in good quality clothes

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 well-clothed

clothe

v.

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

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