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verb \ˈdres\

Simple Definition of dress

  • : to put clothes on (yourself or someone else)

  • : to put clothes on yourself

  • : to put on or wear a particular type or style of clothes

Full Definition of dress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make or set straight b :  to arrange (as troops) in a straight line and at proper intervals

  3. 2 :  to prepare for use or service; specifically :  to prepare for cooking or for the table <dress a salad>

  4. 3 :  to add decorative details or accessories to :  embellish

  5. 4 a :  to put clothes on <dress a child> b :  to provide with clothing <feed and dress a growing family>

  6. 5 archaic :  dress down

  7. 6 a :  to apply dressings or medicaments to <dress a wound> b (1) :  to arrange (as the hair) by combing, brushing, or curling (2) :  to groom and curry (an animal) c :  to kill and prepare for market or for consumption —often used with out d :  cultivate, tend; especially :  to apply manure or fertilizer to <dress a field> e :  to put through a finishing process; especially :  to trim and smooth the surface of (as lumber or stone)

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 a :  to put on clothing b :  to put on or wear formal, elaborate, or fancy clothes <dress for dinner>

  10. 2 of a food animal :  to weigh after being dressed —often used with out

  11. 3 :  to align oneself with the next soldier in a line to make the line straight

dress ship
  1. :  to ornament a ship for a celebration by hoisting national ensigns at the mastheads and running a line of signal flags and pennants from bow to stern

Examples of dress

  1. They dressed themselves in a hurry.

  2. He dressed the child in a snowsuit.

  3. She showered, dressed, and ate breakfast.

  4. She dressed warmly for skiing.

  5. She is dressing for the opera.

  6. They always dress for dinner.

  7. The nurse dressed the cut on my knee.

Origin of dress

Middle English, from Anglo-French drescer, dresser to direct, put right, Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus direct, past participle of dirigere to direct, from dis- + regere to lead straight — more at right

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with dress




Simple Definition of dress

  • : a piece of clothing for a woman or a girl that has a top part that covers the upper body and a skirt that hangs down to cover the legs

  • : a particular type of clothing

Full Definition of dress

  1. 1 :  apparel, clothing

  2. 2 :  an outer garment (as for a woman or girl) usually consisting of a one-piece bodice and skirt

  3. 3 :  covering, adornment, or appearance appropriate or peculiar to a particular time

  4. 4 :  a particular form of presentation :  guise

Examples of dress

  1. She wore dresses only on special occasions.

  2. She wore a short black dress to the party.

  3. Her wedding dress was decorated with lace.

  4. The guests were clothed in traditional Indian dress.

  5. It is wise to wear conservative dress to an interview.


First Known Use of dress





Simple Definition of dress

  • : suitable or required for a formal event

Full Definition of dress

  1. 1 :  suitable for a formal occasion <dress clothes> <dress shoes>

  2. 2 :  requiring or permitting formal dress <a dress affair>

  3. 3 :  relating to or used for a dress <dress material>

Examples of dress

  1. I wore dress pants and a nice sweater.

  2. <the naval commander wore his dress uniform to the ball>


First Known Use of dress


Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈdres\

Medical Definition of dress

  1. :  to apply dressings or medicaments to

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