verb (used with object), dressed or 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 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.
- 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
Synonyms for dress
Examples from the Web for half-dressed
Contemporary Examples of half-dressed
Half-dressed ladies stand like Madonnas in front of their motel rooms.‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger
April 28, 2012
Historical Examples of half-dressed
Seeing the half-dressed turtle, and the father and the canoe both gone, he was thrown into a dreadful panic.
The queen, but half-dressed, was a prey to the itch and other disgusting maladies.The Human Race
By this time David was half-dressed, and had drawn on the other pair of gloves.To Him That Hath
From every doorway men were now stumbling, half-dressed, half-asleep.West Wind Drift
George Barr McCutcheon
"That's Corréjou's," said Honorine, who had left her bed, half-dressed.The Secret of Sarek
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes
Word Origin for dress
early 14c., "make straight; direct, guide, control, prepare for cooking," from Old French dresser, drecier "raise (oneself), address, prepare, lift, raise, hoist, set up, arrange, set (a table), serve (food), straighten, put right, direct," from Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus "direct, straight" (see direct (v.)).
Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c., as is that of "put on clothing." Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "wearing clothes less formal than expected" is from 1960. To dress (someone) down (1769) is ironical. Related: Dressed; dressing.
c.1600, originally any clothing, especially that appropriate to rank or to some ceremony; sense of "woman's garment" is first recorded 1630s, with overtones of "made not merely to clothe but to adorn." Dress rehearsal first recorded 1828.