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.
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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, adjectiveout·dress, verb (used with object)
Words nearby dress
Example sentences from the Web for half-dressed
Half-dressed ladies stand like Madonnas in front of their motel rooms.‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger|Tracy Quan|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The queen, but half-dressed, was a prey to the itch and other disgusting maladies.The Human Race|Louis Figuier
The alarm was raised, and Roland, half-dressed, threw himself on horseback and fled.The Huguenots in France|Samuel Smiles.
When Granny Grimshaw came up with her tea, she was half-dressed.The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for half-dressed (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for half-dressed (2 of 2)
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes