verb (used with object), dressed or (Obsolete) drest, dress·ing.
- to prepare or bait (a fishhook) for use.
- to prepare (bait, especially an artificial fly) for use.
verb (used without object), dressed or (Obsolete), drest, dress·ing.
- to reprimand; scold.
- to thrash; beat.
- to dress informally or less formally: to dress down for the shipboard luau.
- to put on one's best or fanciest clothing; dress relatively formally: They were dressed up for the Easter parade.
- to dress in costume or in another person's clothes: to dress up in Victorian clothing; to dress up as Marie Antoinette.
- to embellish or disguise, especially in order to make more appealing or acceptable: to dress up the facts with colorful details.
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Idioms for dress
- to decorate a ship by hoisting lines of flags running its full length.
- U.S. Navy. to display the national ensigns at each masthead and a larger ensign on the flagstaff.
Origin of dress
synonym study for dress
OTHER WORDS FROM dresshalf-dressed, adjectiveoutdress, verb (used with object)
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Example sentences from the Web for dress
A dress would then show up at a customer’s home, she’d wear it for whatever occasion had brought her to the site to begin with, and then she’d ship the dress back when she was done with it.‘How I Built This’ host Guy Raz on insights from some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs|Rachel King|September 15, 2020|Fortune
The Swedish dress up like Swedish milkmaids and make a lot of noise.
As if to underscore that the company does not plan to bend to convention even once public, Karp introduced Wednesday’s presentation dressed in cross country-training gear in a pre-recorded video.Palantir CEO to investors: Pick a ‘different company’ if you don’t like us|Verne Kopytoff|September 10, 2020|Fortune
In the end, the battalion rides to the emperor’s defense with Mulan openly in the lead, dressed as a woman.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie|Constance Grady|September 4, 2020|Vox
Being mistaken for the parking valet no matter how well one is dressed, or being wantonly stopped by the police are all too regular events for many.3 ways to make sure corporate diversity and inclusion efforts have a lasting impact|matthewheimer|August 31, 2020|Fortune
Families stuff a life-size male doll with memories of the outgoing year and dress him in their clothing.
“The dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple fingers crossed,” Selman told Style.com of the dress.
The exhibit also includes examples of designers borrowing from fine art, as Yves Saint Laurent did with his Mondrian dress.
As the interview wound down, Bentivolio reflected on what may have motivated him to dress as Santa.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They dress in clothing from the flophouse lost-and-found and are groomed with a hacksaw and gravel rake.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham|P. J. O’Rourke|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She lifted the dress, and the beautiful pearl ornaments, and held them up to the light.The Fatal Glove|Clara Augusta Jones Trask
The subject was accordingly dropped, and we hurried away to dress.Under the Meteor Flag|Harry Collingwood
What was the longest time you ever took to dress or undress and say your prayers?Bunyan Characters (Second Series)|Alexander Whyte
“I will fasten up your dress in the neck if that is what you want,” said she.The Shoulders of Atlas|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I again refused, and we stood higgling, until we agreed that I should pay him six, and one by way of a dress for himself.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
British Dictionary definitions for dress
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes