• (RP) IPA: /ˈkləʊð/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkloʊð/

clothe (clothes, present participle clothing; past clad, past participle clad)

  1. (transitive) To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.
    to feed and clothe a family; to clothe oneself extravagantly
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Proverbs xxiii:21 ↗:
      Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
    • The naked every day he clad, / When he put on his clothes.
  2. (figurative) To cover or invest, as if with a garment.
    to clothe somebody with authority or power
    • language in which they can clothe their thoughts
    • His sides are clothed with waving wood.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      words clothed in reason's garb
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