- 1clothe somebody/yourself/something (in something) (formal) to dress somebody/yourself They clothe their children in the latest fashions. (figurative) Climbing plants clothed the courtyard walls.
- 2clothe somebody to provide clothes for somebody to wear the costs of feeding and clothing a family Word Origin Old English (only recorded in the past participle geclāded), from clāth, related to Dutch kleed and German Kleid, of unknown ultimate origin.
BrE BrE//kləʊð//; NAmE NAmE//kloʊð//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clothe
BrE BrE//kləʊð//; NAmE NAmE//kloʊð//he / she / it clothes
BrE BrE//kləʊðz//; NAmE NAmE//kloʊðz//past simple clothed
BrE BrE//kləʊðd//; NAmE NAmE//kloʊðd//past participle clothed
BrE BrE//kləʊðd//; NAmE NAmE//kloʊðd//-ing form clothing
BrE BrE//ˈkləʊðɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkloʊðɪŋ//