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

      

    dress

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dres//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dress
    BrE BrE//dres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dres//
     
    he / she / it dresses
    BrE BrE//ˈdresɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdresɪz//
     
    past simple dressed
    BrE BrE//drest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//drest//
     
    past participle dressed
    BrE BrE//drest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//drest//
     
    -ing form dressing
    BrE BrE//ˈdresɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdresɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to put clothes on yourself/somebody dress (in something) I dressed quickly. dress somebody (in something) She dressed the children in their best clothes. Get up and get dressed! The children spend hours dressing and undressing their dolls. opposite undress CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform be (dressed) in black/​red/​jeans and a T-shirt/​your best suit/​leather/​silk/​rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/​school/​dinner/​a special occasion be dressed as a man/​woman/​clown/​pirate wear/​dress in casual/​designer/​second-hand clothes wear jewellery/(especially US English) jewelry/​accessories/​a watch/​glasses/​contact lenses/​perfume have a cowboy hat/​red dress/​blue suit on put on/​take off your clothes/​coat/​shoes/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) your pajamasAppearance change/​enhance/​improve your appearance create/​get/​have/​give something a new/​contemporary/​retro look brush/​comb/​shampoo/​wash/​blow-dry your hair have/​get a haircut/​your hair cut/​a new hairstyle have/​get a piercing/​your nose pierced have/​get a tattoo/​a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/​get a makeover/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) fashion/​the latest fashions spend/​waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/​stylishly/​well dressed have good/​great/​terrible/​awful taste in clothes update/​revamp your wardrobe be in/​come into/​go out of fashion be (back/​very much) in vogue create a style/​trend/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to wear a particular type or style of clothes to dress well/badly/fashionably/comfortably dress for/in/as something You should dress for cold weather today. She always dressed entirely in black. dress somebody (for/in/as something) He was dressed as a woman (= he was wearing women's clothes). Synonymsclothesclothing garment dress wear gearThese are all words for the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothes [pl.] the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothing [U] (rather formal) clothes, especially a particular type of clothes:warm clothingclothes or clothing?Clothing is more formal than clothes and is used especially to mean ‘a particular type of clothes’. There is no singular form of clothes or clothing: a piece/​an item/​an article of clothing is used to talk about one thing that you wear such as a dress or shirt.garment (formal) a piece of clothing:He was wearing a strange shapeless garment. Garment should only be used in formal or literary contexts; in everyday contexts use a piece of clothing.dress [U] clothes, especially when worn in a particular style or for a particular occasion:We were allowed to wear casual dress on Fridays.wear [U] (usually in compounds) clothes for a particular purpose or occasion, especially when it is being sold in shops/​stores:the children’s wear departmentgear [U] (informal) clothes:Her friends were all wearing the latest gear (= fashionable clothes).Patterns casual clothes/​clothing/​dress/​wear/​gear evening/​formal clothes/​dress/​wear designer/​sports clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear/​gear children’s/​men’s/​women’s clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear to have on/​be in/​wear …clothes/​garments/​dress/​gear CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform be (dressed) in black/​red/​jeans and a T-shirt/​your best suit/​leather/​silk/​rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/​school/​dinner/​a special occasion be dressed as a man/​woman/​clown/​pirate wear/​dress in casual/​designer/​second-hand clothes wear jewellery/(especially US English) jewelry/​accessories/​a watch/​glasses/​contact lenses/​perfume have a cowboy hat/​red dress/​blue suit on put on/​take off your clothes/​coat/​shoes/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) your pajamasAppearance change/​enhance/​improve your appearance create/​get/​have/​give something a new/​contemporary/​retro look brush/​comb/​shampoo/​wash/​blow-dry your hair have/​get a haircut/​your hair cut/​a new hairstyle have/​get a piercing/​your nose pierced have/​get a tattoo/​a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/​get a makeover/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) fashion/​the latest fashions spend/​waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/​stylishly/​well dressed have good/​great/​terrible/​awful taste in clothes update/​revamp your wardrobe be in/​come into/​go out of fashion be (back/​very much) in vogue create a style/​trend/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot
  3. 3[intransitive] to put on formal clothes Do they expect us to dress for dinner?
  4. 4[transitive] dress somebody to provide clothes for somebody He dresses many of Hollywood's most famous young stars.
  5. wound
  6. 5[transitive] dress something to clean, treat and cover a wound The nurse will dress that cut for you. See related entries: Medical equipment
  7. food
  8. 6[transitive] dress something to prepare food for cooking or eating to dress a salad (= put oil or vinegar, etc. on it) to dress a chicken (= take out the parts you cannot eat)
  9. decorate
  10. 7[transitive] dress something (formal) to decorate or arrange something to dress a shop window (= arrange a display of clothes or goods in it)
  11. stone/wood/leather
  12. 8[transitive] dress something to prepare a material such as stone, wood, leather, etc. for use
  13. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘put straight’): from Old French dresser ‘arrange, prepare’, based on Latin directus ‘direct, straight’.Extra examples He dressed carefully in the brown suit he had been married in. I have to dress smartly for work. She always dresses (up) to the nines. She began to act and dress differently. She got dressed quickly. She lay down on her bed, fully dressed. She was determined to be the best dressed woman at the wedding. She was dressed professionally in a business suit. Susan always dresses very elegantly. The twins were dressed identically. The waiters were dressed as clowns. The women were all dressed in blue skirts and white blouses. Why does she always dress like a boy? Everyone dresses down on Fridays. He was dressed as a woman. She dressed herself and the children in their best clothes. The kids love dressing up. There’s no need to dress up—come as you are. to dress well/​badly/​fashionably/​comfortablyIdioms to have an appearance or wear clothes suitable for a particular job, role or position (British English, informal, disapproving) used to describe a woman who is trying to look younger than she really is, especially by wearing clothes that are designed for young people Phrasal Verbsdress downdress somebody downdress updress updress something up
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