do up


did up; done up; doing up; does up

transitive verb

: fasten
do up the buttons of a shirt
… an elderly lady with her jacket done up tightly against the wind …Sue Lloyd-Roberts
: to deck (someone) out : clothe
The waitstaff was done up in western attire.
: to furnish (something) with something ornamental : decorate
She always does up the house for the holidays.
: 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
: to wrap (something) up
do up a package
: to prepare so as to preserve for later use can entry 2, put up
I did up a bushel of tomatoes.
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web It can be worn with the lovely pearl buttons done up as a shirt or undone as a cardigan. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 The brothers enlisted Landscape Design Workshop to do up the grounds and Meyer David to curate the interiors and amenity spaces. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2023 Christmas Tree A white Christmas tree becomes a bold statement when done up in bright red, silver, and clear decorations. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2023 The interior is done up in Grace White and Navy Blue leather with Jasmine trim. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2023 And damage is exponential as wind speed increases, meaning a strong Category 3 storm could do up to 60 times as much damage as a weak Category 1 storm. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 29 Aug. 2023 Perhaps his most famous paintings from the 1960s feature entire environments built around giant signs — Standard gas stations, Norm’s diners, 20th Century Fox movie studios — all done up in flag-waving red, white and blue. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Toeing the line between dressy and dressed down, the loose-fitting pants appeared to be less bulky but more done up than a pair of sweatpants. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023 There’s something meta about Meisel capturing these iconographic faces all done up as versions of himself—see: Kaia Gerber in his oversized trapper hat; Scott Barnhill in his paisley bandana; Jackson Jarrel in his black kilt and boots; and Alton Mason in his relaxed blazer and leather pants. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of do up was in 1666

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“Do up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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