tr.v. clothed or clad (klăd), cloth·ing, clothes
1. To put clothes on; dress: The children were clothed in warm fleece.
2. To provide clothes for.
3. To cover as if with clothing: "People clothe the act of vengeance in all sorts of justifications" (James Carroll).
4. To endow with a trait or attribute.
[Middle English clothen, from Old English clāthian, from clāth, cloth.]
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