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clothe Syllabification: clothe
Pronunciation: /klōT͟H/

Definition of clothe in English:

verb (past and past participle clothed or cladklad)

[with object] (often be clothed in)
1Put clothes on (oneself or someone); dress: she was clothed all in white she lay down fully clothed [as adjective, with submodifier]: (clothed) a partially clothed body
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  • The body was fully clothed in sailing gear and was wearing a life jacket and appears to have been washed up from the Thames Estuary.
  • He was reportedly found fully clothed in a black tuxedo with a white bow tie, lying on his bed.
  • A slim Asian woman stood in the doorway, clothed in a white dress and carrying a laptop.
dress, attire, robe, garb, array, costume, swathe, deck (out), turn out, fit out, rig (out)
informal get up
archaic apparel, habit, invest
cover, blanket, carpet;
envelop, swathe
1.1Provide (someone) with clothes: they already had eight children to feed and clothe
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  • In one form or another, corporations of one kind or another feed us, clothe us and provide shelter.
  • Many of them are struggling all on their own, to keep their families together, to house, feed and clothe their children and to provide them with education.
  • In other words, our culture is agrarian at its foundation, farmers provide the raw materials that feed and clothe us all, and our ability to sustain this culture is critical to its survival.
1.2 (usually be clothed with) Endow with a particular quality: you have been clothed with power from on high
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  • The new administration clothed itself in garments of morality and quickly initiated a Commission of Inquiry to investigate identified cases of these charges.
  • And they have the audacity to clothe themselves in the language of morality.
  • In the 17th and 18th centuries, Western superiority was clothed in various guises of culture, color, and religion.


Old English (only recorded in the past participle geclāded), from clāth (see cloth).

Words that rhyme with clothe

betroth, loathe

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