transitive verb (clothed or clad; clothing) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English clāthian, from clāth Date: before 12th century 1. a. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Clothe — (kl[=o][th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clothed} (kl[=o][th]d) or {Clad} (kl[a^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clothing}.] [OE. clathen, clothen, clethen, AS. cl[=a][eth]ian, cl[=ae][eth]an. See {Cloth}.] 1. To put garments on; to cover with clothing; to dress …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clothe — clothe, attire, dress, apparel, array, robe. Clothe, the least specific of these terms, means to cover or to provide what will cover (one s body or whatever is bare) with or as if with garments {clothe the child warmly} {clothe your thoughts in… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • clothe — clothe; en·clothe; un·clothe; un·der·clothe; …   English syllables

  • Clothe — Clothe, v. i. To wear clothes. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] Care no more to clothe eat. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clothe — I verb accouter, amicire, appoint, arm, array, attire oneself, bedeck, bedrape, cloak, conceal, costume, cover, cover up, disguise, drape, dress, embroider, empower, enable, encase, endow, endue, enfold, enrobe, envelop, enwrap, equip, fit out,… …   Law dictionary

  • clothe — [ klouð ] verb transitive 1. ) to provide someone with clothes: We asked for money to feed and clothe the children. 2. ) FORMAL to put clothes on someone: Mary is old enough to feed and clothe herself …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clothe — [kləuð US klouð] v [T usually passive] [: Old English; Origin: clathian, from clath; CLOTH] 1.) formal to put clothes on your body = ↑dress be clothed in sth ▪ The King was clothed in a purple gown. fully/partially/scantily etc clothed ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clothe — O.E. claþian, from clað (see CLOTH (Cf. cloth)). Related: Clothed. Other O.E. words for this were scrydan and gewædian …   Etymology dictionary

  • clothe — has two past and participial forms: clothed (the normal word) and clad. Clothed is suitable for most contexts (except when the less formal word dressed is called for), whereas clad is reserved for special uses: (1) as a literary word, and (2)… …   Modern English usage

  • clothe — [v] cover with apparel accouter, apparel, array, attire, bedizen, bedrape, breech, bundle up, caparison, cloak, coat, costume, dandify, deck, disguise, dizen, do up*, drape, dress, dress up, dud*, endow, endue, enwrap, equip, fit, fit out, garb,… …   New thesaurus

  • clothe — ► VERB (past and past part. clothed or archaic or literary clad) 1) provide with clothes. 2) (be clothed in) be dressed in. ORIGIN from the same Old English word as CLOTH(Cf. ↑cloth) …   English terms dictionary

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