Definition of clothe in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘The children were poorly clad; one wrapped in a rag of some kind and his only other clothing a very dirty loin cloth.’
    • ‘We hardly ever slept well, and we sometimes slept fully clothed in case we needed to escape.’
    • ‘The teenager had been missing for almost a week when her fully clothed body was discovered with no apparent signs of physical attack.’
    • ‘In another section of the work, the fully clothed dancers walk a straight line across the stage.’
    • ‘She returned to Juliet fully clothed in her winter uniform.’
    • ‘In all operational conditions, airmen should be fully clothed in loose garments for sun protection and reducing sweat loss.’
    • ‘A slim Asian woman stood in the doorway, clothed in a white dress and carrying a laptop.’
    • ‘She is clad in a black cloak with a cowl that puts her face in shadows, with a light grey tunic and black pants.’
    • ‘He was reportedly found fully clothed in a black tuxedo with a white bow tie, lying on his bed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A group of twelve science officers accompanied by four guards, fully clothed in radiation suits reported to the shuttle hangar.’
    • ‘I tore open my door, now fully clothed in my work uniform.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally Dale reappeared, fully clothed in slacks, loafers, a trim tux shirt, and a tie.’
    • ‘In the darkness, I clothed myself with a green robe hanging in my old chambers, and slipped my journals into a saddlebag.’
    • ‘I was always under the impression that students were hard done by, had mountains of debt and clothed themselves from charity shops!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The figure was clad in a long dress, or robe, and held a knife in its hand.’
    • ‘Enraged, I tore through the bush, knocked down a worker, and stole his robes to clothe myself in.’
    • ‘The exhibition examines the ways in which people clothe themselves and the effects of dress as self-representation or as group identity.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘And we can't even clothe ourselves; we have to import 96 percent of our apparel.’
      • ‘Don't forget your parents are the ones who feed you, clothe you and give you life!’
      • ‘As a parent, my job is to feed her, clothe her and be a part of the culture she's growing up in.’
      • ‘About 10% of the land mass - or just 2.5% of the planet - can support agriculture to feed and clothe us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘All of the money we raise goes to feed, shelter and clothe people,’ she said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet within living memory, many parents suffered such hardship that they could hardly afford to feed and clothe their children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In one form or another, corporations of one kind or another feed us, clothe us and provide shelter.’
      • ‘Because, of course, that money doesn't go towards feeding and clothing those children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Marisa is a hard working single mother, striving to feed and clothe her young boy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They took us in, fed us, clothed us, and taught us basic survival skills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).