do up

did up; done up; doing up; does up

Definition of do up

transitive verb

1 : to prepare (as by cleaning or repairing) for wear or use do up a shirt
2a : to wrap up do up a package
b : put up, can
3a : to deck out : clothe
b : to furnish with something ornamental : decorate
5 : fasten do up the buttons of a shirt

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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 1

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The first known use of do up was in 1666

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“Do up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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