Clothe Clothe (kl[=o][th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clothed} (kl[=o][th]d) or {Clad} (kl[a^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clothing}.] [OE. clathen, clothen, clethen, AS. cl[=a][eth]ian, cl[=ae][eth]an. See {Cloth}.] 1. To put garments on; to cover with clothing; to dress. [1913 Webster]

Go with me, to clothe you as becomes you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To provide with clothes; as, to feed and clothe a family; to clothe one's self extravagantly. [1913 Webster]

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. --Prov. xxiii. 21. [1913 Webster]

The naked every day he clad, When he put on his clothes. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: To cover or invest, as with a garment; as, to clothe one with authority or power. [1913 Webster]

Language in which they can clothe their thoughts. --Watts. [1913 Webster]

His sides are clothed with waving wood. --J. Dyer. [1913 Webster]

Thus Belial, with with words clothed in reason's garb. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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