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clothe

 (klōth)
tr.v. clothed or clad (klăd), cloth·ing, clothes
1. To put clothes on; dress: The children were clothed in warm fleece.
2. To provide clothes for.
3. To cover as if with clothing: "People clothe the act of vengeance in all sorts of justifications" (James Carroll).
4. To endow with a trait or attribute.

[Middle English clothen, from Old English clāthian, from clāth, cloth.]

clothe

(kləʊð)
vb (tr) , clothes, clothing, clothed or clad
1. (Clothing & Fashion) to dress or attire (a person)
2. (Clothing & Fashion) to provide with clothing or covering
3. to conceal or disguise
4. to endow or invest
[Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; related to Old Norse klætha]

clothe

(kloʊð)

v.t. clothed clad, cloth•ing.
1. to dress; attire.
2. to provide with clothing.
3. to cover with or as if with clothing.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth]

clothe


Past participle: clothed
Gerund: clothing

Imperative
clothe
clothe
Present
I clothe
you clothe
he/she/it clothes
we clothe
you clothe
they clothe
Preterite
I clothed
you clothed
he/she/it clothed
we clothed
you clothed
they clothed
Present Continuous
I am clothing
you are clothing
he/she/it is clothing
we are clothing
you are clothing
they are clothing
Present Perfect
I have clothed
you have clothed
he/she/it has clothed
we have clothed
you have clothed
they have clothed
Past Continuous
I was clothing
you were clothing
he/she/it was clothing
we were clothing
you were clothing
they were clothing
Past Perfect
I had clothed
you had clothed
he/she/it had clothed
we had clothed
you had clothed
they had clothed
Future
I will clothe
you will clothe
he/she/it will clothe
we will clothe
you will clothe
they will clothe
Future Perfect
I will have clothed
you will have clothed
he/she/it will have clothed
we will have clothed
you will have clothed
they will have clothed
Future Continuous
I will be clothing
you will be clothing
he/she/it will be clothing
we will be clothing
you will be clothing
they will be clothing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been clothing
you have been clothing
he/she/it has been clothing
we have been clothing
you have been clothing
they have been clothing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been clothing
you will have been clothing
he/she/it will have been clothing
we will have been clothing
you will have been clothing
they will have been clothing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been clothing
you had been clothing
he/she/it had been clothing
we had been clothing
you had been clothing
they had been clothing
Conditional
I would clothe
you would clothe
he/she/it would clothe
we would clothe
you would clothe
they would clothe
Past Conditional
I would have clothed
you would have clothed
he/she/it would have clothed
we would have clothed
you would have clothed
they would have clothed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.clothe - provide with clothes or put clothes onclothe - provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed and dress their child"
prim out, prim up, prim - dress primly
dress, get dressed - put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"
wrap up, cover - clothe, as if for protection from the elements; "cover your head!"
jacket - put a jacket on; "The men were jacketed"
frock - put a frock on
shirt - put a shirt on
habit - put a habit on
vesture - provide or cover with a cloak
overclothe, overdress - dress too warmly; "You should not overclothe the child--she will be too hot"
underdress - dress without sufficient warmth; "She was underdressed for the hiking trip and suffered hypothermia"
corset - dress with a corset
shoe - furnish with shoes; "the children were well shoed"
coat - cover or provide with a coat
costume, dress up - dress in a costume; "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"
robe, vest - clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
gown - dress in a gown
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
2.clothe - furnish with power or authorityclothe - furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
equip, fit out, outfit, fit - provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose; "The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"
3.clothe - cover as if with clothing; "the mountain was clothed in tropical trees"
spread over, cover - form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"

clothe

verb dress, outfit, rig, array, robe, drape, get ready, swathe, apparel, attire, fit out, garb, doll up (slang), accoutre, cover, deck He was clothed in a dashing scarlet and black uniform.
strip, expose, uncover, undress, strip off, divest, disrobe, unclothe

clothe

verb
1. To put clothes on:
Informal: tog.
2. To cover as if with clothes:
3. To surround and cover completely so as to obscure:
Translations
يَرْتَدي، يَلْبِسيَكْسو، يُلْبِس
oblékat sešatit
forsørge med tøjklæde
pukea ylleenpukeutua
klæðaklæîa
apsirengtibaltiniaidrabužiaiskalbinių spaustukas
apģērbtģerbtiestērpties
obliekať sa
obleči se
giydirmekgiyinmek

clothe

[kləʊð] VT
1. [+ family] → vestir (in, with de)
2. (fig) → cubrir, revestir (in, with de)

clothe

[ˈkləʊð] vthabiller, vêtir

clothe

pret, ptp <clad (old) or clothed>
vt
(usu pass: = dress) → anziehen, kleiden; she appeared clothed in white (liter)sie erschien (ganz) in Weiß
(= provide clothes for)anziehen
(fig liter)kleiden (liter); clothed in glorymit Ruhm bedeckt; the hills clothed in mistdie nebelverhangenen Hügel

clothe

[kləʊð] vtvestire

clothe

(kləuð) past tense past participle clothed verb
1. to provide with clothes. The widow did not have enough money to clothe her children.
2. to put clothes on. She was clothed in silk; She clothed herself in the most expensive materials.
clothes (kləuðz) , ((American) klouz) noun plural
1. things worn as coverings for various parts of the body. She wears beautiful clothes.
2. bedclothes. The child pulled the clothes up tightly.
ˈclothes-peg noun
(American clothespin) a plastic or wooden clip for fastening clothes to a clothesline.
ˈclothing noun
clothes. warm clothing.

there is no singular form for clothes.
References in classic literature ?
Now, John, I don't know anything about politics, but I can read my Bible; and there I see that I must feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the desolate; and that Bible I mean to follow.
One never tires of poking about in the dense woods that clothe all these lofty Neckar hills to their beguiling and impressive charm in any country; but German legends and fairy tales have given these an added charm.
The parent who is obliged to feed and clothe seven children on an income of fifteen dollars a month seldom has time to discriminate carefully between the various members of her brood, but Hannah at fourteen was at once companion and partner in all her mother's problems.
Madam," he pursued, "I have a Master to serve whose kingdom is not of this world: my mission is to mortify in these girls the lusts of the flesh; to teach them to clothe themselves with shame-facedness and sobriety, not with braided hair and costly apparel; and each of the young persons before us has a string of hair twisted in plaits which vanity itself might have woven; these, I repeat, must be cut off; think of the time wasted, of--"
She moved among them like a popular queen, encouraging them in their labors, sitting down in the workshops, giving words of advice to the workmen whose hands hesitated to cut into the rich stuffs that were to clothe heroes.
Ascertain cautiously what thy office may be worth; and if it will allow thee to give liveries to thy servants, give them respectable and serviceable, rather than showy and gay ones, and divide them between thy servants and the poor; that is to say, if thou canst clothe six pages, clothe three and three poor men, and thus thou wilt have pages for heaven and pages for earth; the vainglorious never think of this new mode of giving liveries.
Should there be found a citizen zealous enough to undertake the unpromising task, if there happen to be collusion between the parties concerned, how easy it is to clothe the circumstances with so much ambiguity, as to render it uncertain what was the precise conduct of any of those parties?
She cannot flee, Since her few tatters scarce suffice to clothe Her shrunken limbs.
Little Annie, look and see the evil things that you are cherishing; I will clothe in fitting shapes the thoughts and feelings that now dwell within your heart, and you shall see how great their power becomes, unless you banish them for ever.
He acknowledged his resolution to feed and clothe him, as if he were his own child, and to afford him the instruction which should counteract the pernicious errors hitherto instilled into his infant mind.
His last words were still ringing in my ears as I entered my room, and undrew the window-curtains, just in time to see the sun burst in glory from his ocean-prison, and clothe the world in the light of a new day.
Then Jove lord of the storm-cloud said to Apollo, "Dear Phoebus, go, I pray you, and take Sarpedon out of range of the weapons; cleanse the black blood from off him, and then bear him a long way off where you may wash him in the river, anoint him with ambrosia, and clothe him in immortal raiment; this done, commit him to the arms of the two fleet messengers, Death, and Sleep, who will carry him straightway to the rich land of Lycia, where his brothers and kinsmen will inter him, and will raise both mound and pillar to his memory, in due honour to the dead.