dress

When you dress, you put your clothes on. A dress is also a kind of one-piece shirt and skirt combo that can be fancy or plain. You can also dress a salad with salad dressing!

When you’re putting your clothes on, it’s usually phrased “get dressed.” If you dress up, you’re putting on something special. You can also dress another person — you might dress a toddler in a snowsuit or dress your dog in a sweater. When you dress a turkey for Thanksgiving, you don't clothe it, you simply prepare it for cooking. This is the oldest meaning of dress, which comes from the Old French dresser, "prepare, arrange, set a table, serve food."

Primary Meanings of dress

1.
vnadj
put on clothes
clothing in general
suitable for formal occasions
2.
v
provide with decoration
3.
v
kill and prepare for market or consumption
4.
v
arrange attractively
5.
v
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
Full Definitions of dress
1

v put on clothes

“we had to dress quickly”
dress the patient”
“Can the child dress by herself?”
Synonyms:
get dressed
plume, preen, primp
dress or groom with elaborate care
dress up
dress in a certain manner
apparel, clothe, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
provide with clothes or put clothes on
Antonyms:
discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
get undressed
disinvest, divest, strip, undress
remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
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attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
dress up
dress in a certain manner
dress down, underdress
dress informally and casually
prink
dress very carefully and in a finicky manner
bundle up
dress warmly
assume, don, get into, put on, wear
put clothing on one's body
cross-dress
dress in the clothes of the other sex
dandify
dress like a dandy
change
change clothes; put on different clothes
plume, preen, primp
dress or groom with elaborate care
prank
dress up showily
tart up
dress up in a cheap and provocative way
enrobe
adorn with a robe
bedizen, dizen
dress up garishly and tastelessly
hat
put on or wear a hat
try, try on
put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
scarf
wrap in or adorn with a scarf
slip on
put on with ease or speed
vest
clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v dress in a certain manner

“She dresses in the latest Paris fashion”
“he dressed up in a suit and tie”
Synonyms:
dress up
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
get dressed
put on clothes
Types:
vest
clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
Type of:
get dressed
put on clothes

v dress or groom with elaborate care

“She likes to dress when going to the opera”
Synonyms:
plume, preen, primp
get dressed
put on clothes
Type of:
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive

v provide with clothes or put clothes on

“Parents must feed and dress their child”
Synonyms:
apparel, clothe, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
get dressed
put on clothes
Antonyms:
discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
get undressed
disinvest, divest, strip, undress
remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
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prim, prim out, prim up
dress primly
cover, wrap up
clothe, as if for protection from the elements
jacket
put a jacket on
frock
put a frock on
shirt
put a shirt on
habit
put a habit on
vesture
provide or cover with a cloak
overclothe, overdress
dress too warmly
underdress
dress without sufficient warmth
corset
dress with a corset
shoe
furnish with shoes
coat
cover or provide with a coat
costume, dress up
dress in a costume
robe, vest
clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
gown
dress in a gown
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

n clothing in general

“fastidious about his dress
Synonyms:
apparel, clothes, wearing apparel
Types:
workwear
heavy-duty clothes for manual or physical work
blue jean, denim, jean
(usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
work-shirt
heavy-duty shirts worn for manual or physical work
Type of:
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

n clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

“battle dress
Synonyms:
attire, garb
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ao dai
the traditional dress of Vietnamese women consisting of a tunic with long sleeves and panels front and back; the tunic is worn over trousers
costume
the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
costume
the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class
costume
unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place
costume
the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
disguise
any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
ecclesiastical attire, ecclesiastical robe
attire that is appropriate to wear in a church
finery
elaborate or showy attire and accessories
evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear
attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
habit
a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
habit, riding habit
attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)
false hair, hairpiece, postiche
a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
morning dress
formal attire for men during the daytime
getup, outfit, rig, turnout
a set of clothing (with accessories)
activewear, athletic wear, sportswear
attire worn for sport or for casual wear
academic costume
a costume worn on formal occasions by the faculty or students of a university or college
Afro-wig
a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo
balldress
a suit or dress for formal occasions
bib-and-tucker
an attractive outfit
dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown, formal
a gown for evening wear
black tie, dinner jacket, tux, tuxedo
semiformal evening dress for men
dress suit, full dress, tail coat, tailcoat, tails, white tie, white tie and tails
formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men
ensemble
a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume
a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
frock
a habit worn by clerics
gym suit
clothes prescribed for wear while participating in gymnastic exercise
mask
a covering to disguise or conceal the face
monastic habit
a long loose habit worn by monks in a monastery
nun's habit
a long loose habit worn by nuns in a convent
playsuit
a sports outfit for women or children; usually consists of shorts and a blouse
rigout
a person's costume (especially if bizarre)
running suit
a matching jacket and pants worn by joggers and made of fabric that absorbs perspiration
Sunday best, Sunday clothes
the best attire you have which is worn to church on Sunday
switch
hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
toupe, toupee
a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness
trousseau
the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens
wig
hairpiece covering the head and made of real or synthetic hair
Type of:
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

n a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice

Synonyms:
frock
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caftan, kaftan
a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
chemise, sack, shift
a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
coatdress
a dress that is tailored like a coat and buttons up the front
cocktail dress, sheath
a dress suitable for formal occasions
dirndl
a dress with a tight bodice and full skirt
gown
a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
jumper, pinafore, pinny
a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing
kirtle
a long dress worn by women
morning dress
a woman's informal dress for housework
Mother Hubbard, muumuu
a woman's loose unbelted dress
polonaise
a woman's dress with a tight bodice and an overskirt drawn back to reveal a colorful underskirt
saree, sari
a dress worn primarily by Hindu women; consists of several yards of light material that is draped around the body
shirtdress
a dress that is tailored like a shirt and has buttons all the way down the front
strapless
a woman's garment that exposes the shoulders and has no shoulder straps
sundress
a light loose sleeveless summer dress with a wide neckline and thin shoulder straps that expose the arms and shoulders
ball gown
the most formal gown; worn to a ball
bridal gown, wedding dress, wedding gown
a gown worn by the bride at a wedding
dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown, formal
a gown for evening wear
mantua
loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries
tea gown
a long loose-fitting gown formerly popular for wear at afternoon tea
Type of:
woman's clothing
clothing that is designed for women to wear

adj suitable for formal occasions

“a full- dress uniform”
dress shoes”
Synonyms:
full-dress
formal
being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

adj (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes

“a dress dinner”
“a full- dress ceremony”
Synonyms:
full-dress
formal
being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
2

v provide with decoration

dress the windows”
Synonyms:
decorate
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v give a neat appearance to

dress the horses”
Synonyms:
curry, groom
arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, set
arrange attractively
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful

v apply a bandage or medication to

dress the victim's wounds”
Types:
plaster, poultice
dress by covering with a therapeutic substance
bandage
dress by covering or binding
ligate
bind with a bandage or ligature
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for

v decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

Synonyms:
garnish, trim
dress out
kill and prepare for market or consumption
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

v put a dressing on

dress the salads”
Synonyms:
dress out
kill and prepare for market or consumption
garnish, trim
decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
Type of:
apply, put on
apply to a surface

v put a finish on

dress the surface smooth”
Type of:
finish
provide with a finish

v convert into leather

dress the tanned skins”
Type of:
convert
change the nature, purpose, or function of something
3

v kill and prepare for market or consumption

dress a turkey”
Synonyms:
dress out
garnish, trim
decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
Type of:
cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
prepare for eating by applying heat

v cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width

Type of:
pare, trim
remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
4

v arrange attractively

dress my hair for the wedding”
Synonyms:
arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, set
curry, groom
give a neat appearance to
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bob
cut hair in the style of a bob
wave
set waves in
marcel
make a marcel in a woman's hair
gauffer, goffer
make wavy with a heated goffering iron
perm
give a permanent wave to
Type of:
groom, neaten
care for one's external appearance

v arrange in ranks

dress troops”
Synonyms:
line up
Type of:
position
cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
5

v cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

dress the plants in the garden”
Synonyms:
clip, crop, cut back, lop, prune, snip, trim
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shear
cut with shears
poll, pollard
convert into a pollard
pinch, top
cut the top off
disbud
thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
tail
remove the stalk of fruits or berries
Type of:
thin out
make sparse

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