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.
Words nearby dress
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
OTHER WORDS FROM dresshalf-dressed, adjectiveout·dress, verb (used with object)
synonym study for dress
Examples from the Web for outdress
To outdress another woman is to diminish her on the public stage.Michelle Obama and Ann Romney: First Ladies of Style|Robin Givhan|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Don't make up in emulation of their beauty; don't seek to win away their beaus and outdress them.Rosemary and Rue|Amber
I'd outdress her, I'd out-talk her, I'd outwit her, I'd out-think her.Making People Happy|Thompson Buchanan
No gentleman valets for me—rude creatures presuming to outdress their masters.
British Dictionary definitions for outdress
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes