What does clothe mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparelverb

    provide with clothes or put clothes on

    "Parents must feed and dress their child"

  2. invest, clothe, adornverb

    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

  3. clothe, cloak, drape, robeverb

    cover as if with clothing

    "the mountain was clothed in tropical trees"


  1. clotheverb

    To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.

  2. Etymology: From clothen, from claþian, from klaiþōnan, from glei-. Cognate with Dutch kleden and German kleiden. See also cloth, clad.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Clotheverb

    pret. I clothed, or clad; particip. I have clothed, or clad.

    Etymology: from cloth.

    Care no more to clothe and eat. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    An inhabitant of Nova Zembla having lived in Denmark, where he was clothed, took the first opportunity of making his escape into nakedness. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 5.

    The Britons in Cæsar’s time painted their bodies, and clothed themselves with the skins of beasts. Jonathan Swift.

    With superior boon may your rich soil
    Exuberant nature’s better blessings pour
    O’er every land, the naked nations clothe,
    And be th’ exhaustless granary of a world. James Thomson, Spring.

    We clothe and adorn our bodies: indeed, too much time we bestow upon that. Our souls also are to be clothed with holy habits, and adorned with good works. John Ray, on Creation.

    Embroider’d purple clothes the golden beds. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    They leave the shady realms of night,
    And, cloth’d in bodies, breathe your upper light. Dryden.

    Let both use the clearest language in which they can clothe their thoughts. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind, p. i.


  1. clothe

    Clothing (also known as clothes, garments, dress, apparel, or attire) is any item worn on the body. Typically, clothing is made of fabrics or textiles, but over time it has included garments made from animal skin and other thin sheets of materials and natural products found in the environment, put together. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depends on gender, body type, social factors, and geographic considerations. Garments cover the body, footwear covers the feet, gloves cover the hands, while hats and headgear cover the head. Eyewear and jewelry are not generally considered items of clothing, but play an important role in fashion and clothing as costume. Clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from the elements, rough surfaces, sharp stones, rash-causing plants, insect bites, by providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothing can insulate against cold or hot conditions, and it can provide a hygienic barrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body. It can protect feet from injury and discomfort or facilitate navigation in varied environments. Clothing also provides protection from ultraviolet radiation. It may be used to prevent glare or increase visual acuity in harsh environments, such as brimmed hats. Clothing is used for protection against injury in specific tasks and occupations, sports, and warfare. Fashioned with pockets, belts, or loops, clothing may provide a means to carry things while freeing the hands. Clothing has significant social factors as well. Wearing clothes is a variable social norm. It may connote modesty. Being deprived of clothing in front of others may be embarrassing. In many parts of the world, not wearing clothes in public so that genitals, breasts, or buttocks are visible could be considered indecent exposure. Pubic area or genital coverage is the most frequently encountered minimum found cross-culturally and regardless of climate, implying social convention as the basis of customs. Clothing also may be used to communicate social status, wealth, group identity, and individualism. Some forms of personal protective equipment amount to clothing, such as coveralls, chaps or a doctor's white coat, with similar requirements for maintenance and cleaning as other textiles (boxing gloves function both as protective equipment and as a sparring weapon, so the equipment aspect rises above the glove aspect). More specialized forms of protective equipment, such as face shields are classified protective accessories. At the far extreme, self-enclosing diving suits or space suits are form fitting body covers, and amount to a form of dress, without being clothing per se, while containing enough high technology to amount to more of a tool than a garment. This line will continue to blur as wearable technology embeds assistive devices directly into the fabric itself; the enabling innovations are ultra low power consumption and flexible electronic substrates. Clothing also hybridizes into a personal transportation system (ice skates, roller skates, cargo pants, other outdoor survival gear, one-man band) or concealment system (stage magicians, hidden linings or pockets in tradecraft, integrated holsters for concealed carry, merchandise-laden trench coats on the black market — where the purpose of the clothing often carries over into disguise). A mode of dress fit to purpose, whether stylistic or functional, is known as an outfit or ensemble.


  1. clothe

    To clothe means to cover or dress with garments or some kind of material. It can also refer to providing someone with clothes, especially as a form of aid or charity. Additionally, in a metaphorical sense, it can mean to endow or invest with a particular quality or attribute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clotheverb

    to put garments on; to cover with clothing; to dress

  2. Clotheverb

    to provide with clothes; as, to feed and clothe a family; to clothe one's self extravagantly

  3. Clotheverb

    fig.: To cover or invest, as with a garment; as, to clothe one with authority or power

  4. Clotheverb

    to wear clothes

  5. Etymology: [OE. clathen, clothen, clethen, AS. clian, clan. See Cloth.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clothe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clothe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of clothe in a Sentence

  1. Columbia Record:

    All that Communism needs to make it successful is someone to feed and clothe it.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.And thus I clothe my naked villainyWith odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ,And seem I a saint, when most I play the Devil.

  3. Mary Baker Eddy:

    Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus example. Long prayers, superstition, and creeds clip the strong pinions of love, and clothe religion in human forms. Whatever materializes worship hinders man's spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    And thus I clothe my naked villainy With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.

  5. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    Clothe with life the weak intent, let me be the thing I meant.

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