Definition of dress verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    dress

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//drɛs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dress
     
    he / she / it dresses
     
    past simple dressed
     
    -ing form dressing
     
     
    jump to other results
    clothes
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to put clothes on yourself/someone 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. Topic CollocationsClothes and Fashionclothes be wearing a new outfit/bright colors/fur/a uniform/a costume 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 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/gloves/socks/helmet change into/get changed into a pair of jeans/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/plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery/Botox™ treatment use/wear/apply/put on makeup/cosmeticsfashion follow/keep up with 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 for something organize/put on a fashion show show/unveil a designer's spring/summer collection sashay/strut down the catwalk/runway be on/do a photo/fashion shoot opposite undress
  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. dress somebody (for/in/as something) She always dressed entirely in black. He was dressed as a woman (= he was wearing women's clothes). Topic CollocationsClothes and Fashionclothes be wearing a new outfit/bright colors/fur/a uniform/a costume 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 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/gloves/socks/helmet change into/get changed into a pair of jeans/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/plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery/Botox™ treatment use/wear/apply/put on makeup/cosmeticsfashion follow/keep up with 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 for something organize/put on a fashion show show/unveil a designer's spring/summer collection sashay/strut down the catwalk/runway be on/do a photo/fashion shoot Thesaurusclothesclothing garment dress wear gearThese are all words for the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses, and pants.clothes [pl.] the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses, and pants:Please pick your clothes up off the floor.clothing [U] (somewhat 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:Casual dress is allowed on Fridays.wear [U] (usually in compounds) clothes for a particular purpose or occasion, especially when it is being sold in stores:the children's wear departmentgear [U] clothes for a particular purpose:the most advanced cold-weather gear (= warm boots, coats, gloves, etc.)Patterns casual clothes/clothing/dress/wear evening/formal clothes/dress/wear designer/sports clothes/clothing/garments/wear/gear children's/men's/ladies' clothes/clothing/garments/wear to have on/be in/wear …clothes/garments/gear
  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 someone 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.
  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 store 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. Idioms
    look/dress the part
     
    jump to other results
    to have an appearance or wear clothes suitable for a particular job, role, or position
    Phrasal Verbsdress downdress somebody downdress updress updress something up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dress