do up

did up; done up; doing up; does up

Definition of do up

transitive verb

1 : fasten do up the buttons of a shirt … an elderly lady with her jacket done up tightly against the wind …— Sue Lloyd-Roberts
2a : to deck (someone) out : clothe The waitstaff was done up in western attire.
b : to furnish (something) with something ornamental : decorate She always does up the house for the holidays.
3 : to prepare (something) for wear or use (as by cleaning or repairing) "… I'll make the pies and lady fingers tomorrow and do up my white muslin dress. …"— Lucy Maud Montgomery
4a : to wrap (something) up do up a package
b : to prepare so as to preserve for later use can entry 2, put up I did up a bushel of tomatoes.
5 : exhaust, wear out This contact with righteousness has about done me up!— Sinclair Lewis

Examples of do up in a Sentence

the whole house had been done up for Halloween on Wild West Day some of the women came to the office done up as showgirls, while the men were mostly outlaws

First Known Use of do up

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Do up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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