Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put clothes on; dress.
  • transitive v. To provide clothes for.
  • transitive v. To cover as if with clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put garments on; to cover with clothing; to dress.
  • transitive v. To provide with clothes.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To cover or invest, as with a garment.
  • intransitive v. To wear clothes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put garments on; invest with raiment; dress; attire.
  • Hence To cover as if with clothing; overspread or surround with any covering, literally or figuratively; invest.
  • To furnish with raiment; provide with clothing: as, to feed and clothe a child or an apprentice.
  • Synonyms To attire, array, apparel.
  • To wear clothes.
  • Nautical, to cover with canvas; rig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cover as if with clothing
  • v. provide with clothes or put clothes on
  • v. furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

Etymologies

Middle English clothen, from Old English clāthian, from clāth, cloth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English clothen, from Old English clāþian ("to clothe"), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþōnan (“to clothe”), from Proto-Indo-European *glei- (“to adhere to, stick”). Cognate with Dutch kleden and German kleiden. See also cloth, clad. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It may be well here to clothe the Latin words of the Pope and the assembled Bishops in an English dress.

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  • But in God's name clothe her for the daylight in decency.

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  • For all of you who have been baptized clothe yourselves with Christ.

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  • He was the prettiest baby we ever had, too, except -- except Edith, of course. An 'after Austin we didn't even bring up the subject again -- we was pretty well occupied wonderin' how we was goin 'to feed an' clothe 'em all, let alone havin 'pictures of' em.

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  • Isn't it possible that GOD ALMIGHTY can 'clothe' HIMSEFL in such a way that we humans can behold HIM in a safe and comfortable manner?

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  • -- under carriage-ing, not; but who has "undercarriage'd" you so that you need undertakers, and grave en-clothiers, so that they "clothe" you in their graves, and Gardens going to?

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  • It's like having a teenager and saying, 'OK, I'm gonna feed and clothe you, but you have to live in this refrigerator.'

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  • Citing the process for making jeans—cutting in one country and dyeing in another before they're sold in a third—and the chemicals required to process cotton, Ms. Chang said she believes there has to be a smarter way to clothe people that avoids excess waste and damage to the environment.

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  • Maybe, like Cosmo, they envision that I clothe myself in bubble wrap and lunch meat as part of my pre-class ritual.

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  • I had returned an invalid, bitter and proud but useless, who had moreover saddled her with a child and no means to feed or clothe her.

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