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CLOTHE, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive clothed, or clad. [See Cloth.]

1. To put on garments; to invest the body with raiment; to cover with dress, for concealing nakedness and defending the body from cold or injuries.

The Lord God made coats of skin and clothed them. Genesis 3:21.

2. To cover with something ornamental.

Embroidered purple clothes the golden beds.

But clothe without the aid of other words, seldom signifies to adorn. In this example from Pope, it signifies merely to cover.

3. To furnish with raiment; to provide with clothes; as, a master is to feed and clothe his apprentice.d

4. To put on; to invest; to cover, as with a garment; as, to clothe thoughts with words.

I will clothe her priests with salvation. Psalms 132:16.

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:21.

Let them be clothed with shame. Psalms 35:26.

5. To invest; to surround; to encompass.

The Lord is clothed with majesty. Psa 93.

Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Psa 104.

6. To invest; to give to by commission; as, to clothe with power or authority.

7. To cover or spread over; as, the earth is clothed with verdure.

CLOTHE, verb intransitive To wear clothes.

Care no more to clothe and eat.