Definition of clothe in English:



[with object]
  • 1Put clothes on (oneself or someone); dress.

    ‘Francesca was clothed in white’
    ‘a partially clothed body’
    ‘she took off her shoes and lay down fully clothed’
    figurative ‘luxuriant tropical forests clothed the islands’
    • ‘A group of twelve science officers accompanied by four guards, fully clothed in radiation suits reported to the shuttle hangar.’
    • ‘She is clad in a black cloak with a cowl that puts her face in shadows, with a light grey tunic and black pants.’
    • ‘The teenager had been missing for almost a week when her fully clothed body was discovered with no apparent signs of physical attack.’
    • ‘She returned to Juliet fully clothed in her winter uniform.’
    • ‘He sat at the breakfast bar clad in a pair of jeans that hid his business-like personality and a shirt showing off his muscles.’
    • ‘In the darkness, I clothed myself with a green robe hanging in my old chambers, and slipped my journals into a saddlebag.’
    • ‘In another section of the work, the fully clothed dancers walk a straight line across the stage.’
    • ‘I was always under the impression that students were hard done by, had mountains of debt and clothed themselves from charity shops!’
    • ‘He was reportedly found fully clothed in a black tuxedo with a white bow tie, lying on his bed.’
    • ‘Plants keep us warm (log fires, oil, peat) and their fibres are converted into the fabric we use to clothe ourselves and make our homes and institutions more comfortable and attractive.’
    • ‘The exhibition examines the ways in which people clothe themselves and the effects of dress as self-representation or as group identity.’
    • ‘And in our intoxicated state of joy, we clothe ourselves in colorful masks and costumes, and deliver gifts of money to the poor and treats to our neighbors.’
    • ‘I tore open my door, now fully clothed in my work uniform.’
    • ‘We hardly ever slept well, and we sometimes slept fully clothed in case we needed to escape.’
    • ‘The children were poorly clad; one wrapped in a rag of some kind and his only other clothing a very dirty loin cloth.’
    • ‘A slim Asian woman stood in the doorway, clothed in a white dress and carrying a laptop.’
    • ‘Finally Dale reappeared, fully clothed in slacks, loafers, a trim tux shirt, and a tie.’
    • ‘In all operational conditions, airmen should be fully clothed in loose garments for sun protection and reducing sweat loss.’
    • ‘This was at a time when most of the Western world clothed itself in animal skins and fur and was yet to discover spinning and weaving.’
    • ‘The figure was clad in a long dress, or robe, and held a knife in its hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Enraged, I tore through the bush, knocked down a worker, and stole his robes to clothe myself in.’
    dress, attire, outfit, array, rig, rig out, turn out, fit out, costume, trick out, trick up, robe, garb, deck out, drape, accoutre
    cover, overlay, overspread, cloak, blanket, carpet
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    1. 1.1 Provide (someone) with clothes.
      ‘they already had eight children to feed and clothe’
      • ‘Let us feed, house and clothe our people before over-reaching ourselves to provide major attractions for tourists who, even if we build it, may not come.’
      • ‘Marisa is a hard working single mother, striving to feed and clothe her young boy.’
      • ‘Don't forget your parents are the ones who feed you, clothe you and give you life!’
      • ‘‘All of the money we raise goes to feed, shelter and clothe people,’ she said.’
      • ‘Ever since she was a babe, I've fed her, clothed her, and offered her all my love.’
      • ‘He fed us, clothed us, sheltered us, trained us and placed us in decent jobs.’
      • ‘And we can't even clothe ourselves; we have to import 96 percent of our apparel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘About 10% of the land mass - or just 2.5% of the planet - can support agriculture to feed and clothe us.’
      • ‘In the best of times, they earned barely enough to feed and clothe a family, but seasonal labor demands as well as shifts in the business cycle left them often with no work at all.’
      • ‘In one form or another, corporations of one kind or another feed us, clothe us and provide shelter.’
      • ‘Therefore women have traditionally had to farm or sell homemade products in the local market to ensure that they could feed and clothe their children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet within living memory, many parents suffered such hardship that they could hardly afford to feed and clothe their children.’
      • ‘They took us in, fed us, clothed us, and taught us basic survival skills.’
      • ‘I'm so proud of being working class and the fact that though mum struggled to feed and clothe us, she did a brilliant job.’
      • ‘Because, of course, that money doesn't go towards feeding and clothing those children.’
      • ‘As a parent, my job is to feed her, clothe her and be a part of the culture she's growing up in.’
      • ‘His work, his income, his drive, kept us in style, fed and clothed us well, sent us to the best schools in Bombay.’
    2. 1.2usually be clothed with Endow with a particular quality.
      ‘it is clothed with an aura of respectability’
      • ‘In the 17th and 18th centuries, Western superiority was clothed in various guises of culture, color, and religion.’
      • ‘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.’
      provide, furnish, endow, serve, confer
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Old English (only recorded in the past participle geclāded), from clāth (see cloth).