Definition of dress up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


dress up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb The fashion world
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Phrasal Verbs
 to wear clothes that are more formal than those you usually wear There's no need to dress up—come as you are. See related entries: The fashion world

dress up


dress somebody up

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 to put on special clothes, especially to pretend to be somebody/something different Kids love dressing up. The boys were all dressed up as pirates. (British English) dressing-up clothes (North American English) dress-up clothes See related entries: The fashion world
to present something in a way that makes it seem better or different However much you try to dress it up, office work is not glamorous.
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