clothe

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English clothen, from Old English clāþian (to clothe), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþōną (to clothe), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (to adhere to, stick). Cognate with Dutch kleden, German kleiden, Swedish kläda, after apocope klä. See also cloth, clad.

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clothe (third-person singular simple present clothes, present participle clothing, simple past and past participle clothed or (archaic) clad)

  1. (transitive) To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.
    to feed and clothe a family; to clothe oneself extravagantly
  2. (figuratively) To cover or invest, as if with a garment.
    to clothe somebody with authority or power

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English clāþ.

Noun[edit]

clothe

  1. Alternative form of cloth

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English clāþian.

Verb[edit]

clothe

  1. Alternative form of clothen