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clothe

[klohth]
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verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.
  1. to dress; attire.
  2. to provide with clothing.
  3. to cover with or as with clothing.
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Origin of clothe

before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related formshalf-clothed, adjectivepre·clothe, verb (used with object), pre·clothed, pre·cloth·ing.re·clothe, verb (used with object), re·clothed or re·clad, re·cloth·ing.un·der·clothed, adjectivewell-clothed, adjective
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes

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Related Words

drape, swaddle, swathe, fit, cloak, disguise, attire, equip, dress, gown, vest, habit, accouter, garb, mantle, costume, spruce, rig, array, endue

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  • And possibly her imagination would have been able to clothe it all with an unbroken forest.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • It remains but to clothe yourself and you are ready to start.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • What would all you parsons do to clothe your backs and feed your bellies?

  • The treasuries of local speech were all too poor to clothe so wild a venture.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Wait till you hear the end—'and feed and clothe the distressed.'


British Dictionary definitions for clothe

clothe

verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)
  1. to dress or attire (a person)
  2. to provide with clothing or covering
  3. to conceal or disguise
  4. to endow or invest
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Word Origin

Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; 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.

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