dress

dress1 W2S2 [dres] n
1.)
a piece of clothing worn by a woman or girl that covers the top of her body and part or all of her legs
→↑skirt
Sheila wore a long red dress.
a summer dress
2.) [U]
clothes for men or women of a particular type or for a particular occasion
a gentleman in evening dress (=formal clothes worn especially at important social events)
The play was performed in modern dress (=clothes from the present time) .
dress code
(=a standard of what you should wear for a particular situation)
This restaurant has a strict dress code - no tie, no service.
dress 2
dress2 W2S2 v
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1¦(put on clothes)¦
2¦(wear clothes)¦
3¦(make/choose clothes)¦
4¦(wound/cut etc)¦
5¦(meat/fish)¦
6¦(salad)¦
7¦(window)¦
8¦(soldiers)¦
9¦(hair)¦
10¦(wood/stone etc)¦
Phrasal verbs
 dress down
 dress up
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: dresser 'to arrange', from Latin directus 'straight'; DIRECT1]
1.) ¦(PUT ON CLOTHES)¦ [I and T]
to put clothes on yourself or someone else
Aunt Margaret told her to dress herself in her nicest dress.
I dress the kids before I go to work.
I've got to go home to dress.
I dressed quickly.
dress sb in sth
She dressed Louis in his best blue jersey.
2.) ¦(WEAR CLOTHES)¦
to wear a particular kind of clothes
Dress warmly if you're going out for a walk.
dress casually/smartly
I spend most of my time in the house with young children, so I dress casually.
dress for
How do you normally dress for work?
We usually dress for dinner (=wear formal clothes for our evening meal) .
3.) ¦(MAKE/CHOOSE CLOTHES)¦ [T]
to make or choose clothes for someone
Versace dressed some of the most famous people in Hollywood.
4.) ¦(WOUND/CUT ETC)¦ [T]
to clean, treat, and cover a wound
5.) ¦(MEAT/FISH)¦ [T]
to clean and prepare meat or fish so that it is ready to cook or eat
dressed crab
6.) ¦(SALAD)¦ [T]
to put oil, ↑vinegar, salt etc onto a ↑salad
7.) ¦(WINDOW)¦ [T]
to put an attractive arrangement in a shop window
8.) ¦(SOLDIERS)¦ [I and T]
[i]technical to stand in a straight line, or to make soldiers do this
9.) ¦(HAIR)¦ [T] formal
to arrange someone's hair into a special style
10.)¦(WOOD/STONE ETC)¦ [T]
technical to prepare or put a special surface onto wood, stone, leather etc
dress down phr v
1.) to wear clothes that are more informal than the ones you would usually wear
In many offices, people dress down on Fridays.
2.) dress sb<=>down
to speak angrily to someone about something they have done wrong
dress up phr v
1.) to wear special clothes for fun, or to put special clothes on someone
dress up as
He went to the party dressed up as a Chicago gangster.
dress up in
I keep a box of old clothes for the children to dress up in.
dress sb<=>up
We dressed him up as a gorilla.
2.) to wear clothes that are more formal than the ones you would usually wear
It's a small informal party - you don't have to dress up.
3.) dress sth<=>up
to make something more interesting or attractive
It was the old offer dressed up as something new.
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HINT sense 1
In spoken English, it is more usual to say get dressed .
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  • Dress-up — is a game played mainly by children. It involves dressing up, usually to impersonate someone or something, like an animal or character in a fairy tale. The type of clothes they dress up in often resembles who they are trying to be, either adults… …   Wikipedia

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  • dress|y — «DREHS ee», adjective, dress|i|er, dress|i|est. Informal. 1. fond of wearing showy clothes: »... especially the gangsters, who were always the dressiest of the lot (Atlantic) …   Useful english dictionary

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