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."

Definitions of dress
  1. verb
    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
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    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
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    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
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    vest
    clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
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    get dressed
    put on clothes
  3. verb
    dress or groom with elaborate care
    “She likes to dress when going to the opera”
    synonyms: plume, preen, primp
    get dressed
    put on 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
  4. verb
    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
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    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
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  5. noun
    clothing in general
    “fastidious about his dress
    synonyms: apparel, clothes, wearing apparel
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    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
  6. noun
    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
  7. noun
    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
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    woman's clothing
    clothing that is designed for women to wear
  8. adjective
    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)
  9. adjective
    (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)
  10. verb
    provide with decoration
    dress the windows”
    synonyms: decorate
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  11. verb
    give a neat appearance to
    dress the horses”
    synonyms: curry, groom
    arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, set
    arrange attractively
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    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
    make more beautiful
  12. verb
    apply a bandage or medication to
    dress the victim's wounds”
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    plaster, poultice
    dress by covering with a therapeutic substance
    bandage
    dress by covering or binding
    ligate
    bind with a bandage or ligature
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    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
  13. verb
    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
    synonyms: garnish, trim
    dress out
    kill and prepare for market or consumption
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  14. verb
    put a dressing on
    dress the salads”
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    dress out
    kill and prepare for market or consumption
    garnish, trim
    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
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    apply, put on
    apply to a surface
  15. verb
    put a finish on
    dress the surface smooth”
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    finish
    provide with a finish
  16. verb
    convert into leather
    dress the tanned skins”
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    convert
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
  17. verb
    kill and prepare for market or consumption
    dress a turkey”
    synonyms: dress out
    garnish, trim
    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
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    cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
    prepare for eating by applying heat
  18. verb
    cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
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    pare, trim
    remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
  19. verb
    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
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    groom, neaten
    care for one's external appearance
  20. verb
    arrange in ranks
    dress troops”
    synonyms: line up
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    position
    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  21. verb
    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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