To clothe someone is to give them something to wear, or to dress them in clothing. If you clothe your dog in cute outfits, you may traumatize him for life.

You can clothe yourself, or someone else — for example, you might clothe yourself in black for a relative's funeral or clothe yourself in sequins and feathers for the school dance. You can also figuratively clothe someone or something, lending them a sense of power or respectability. Clothe shares a root with clothing and cloth, the Old English claþ, "cloth or sail," and also "woven material to wrap around oneself."

Definitions of clothe
  1. verb
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
    synonyms: apparel, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
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    discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
    get undressed
    disinvest, divest, strip, undress
    remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
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    prim, prim out, prim up
    dress primly
    cover, wrap up
    clothe, as if for protection from the elements
    put a jacket on
    put a frock on
    put a shirt on
    put a habit on
    provide or cover with a cloak
    overclothe, overdress
    dress too warmly
    dress without sufficient warmth
    dress with a corset
    furnish with shoes
    cover or provide with a coat
    costume, dress up
    dress in a costume
    robe, vest
    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
    dress in a gown
    provide with small, decorative articles of clothing, jewelry, etc.
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  2. verb
    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
    synonyms: adorn, invest
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    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  3. verb
    cover as if with clothing
    “the mountain was clothed in tropical trees”
    synonyms: cloak, drape, robe
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    type of:
    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
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