dress down

verb
dressed down; dressing down; dresses down

Definition of dress down

transitive verb

: to reprove severely

intransitive verb

: to dress casually especially for reasons of fashion

Examples of dress down in a Sentence

dressed down for boorish behavior at the dance
Recent Examples on the Web But two great consolations guaranteed in the contract are these: 1) The right to dress down, be comfortable and, indeed, be so vulnerable in front of another human that no goofball pun is off limits; 2) the right to experience joy. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Dressing in layers can help keep you warm, while giving you options to dress down once your body gets warmed up. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 Note that elements of a capsule collection will vary by industry, but overall, a capsule should provide you with wardrobe pieces to dress up or dress down according to your needs. Stephanie (stifel) Coughlan, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Easy to dress up with satin midi skirts, trousers, and booties or dress down with leggings, jeans, and sneakers, sweaters are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in your closet. Claire Harmeyer, PEOPLE.com, 13 Dec. 2021 For a Saturday stroll, dress down your trousers with some Adidas Sambas and a lightweight pouch for your long day of errands. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 3 Oct. 2021 The business mogul and reality star was photographed running errands in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and didn't dress down for the occasion. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Oct. 2021 Others dress down on flights, wearing sweatpants and hoodies to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 70% of American workers were doing their jobs from home, which meant, for many of them, a chance to dress down. oregonlive, 3 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dress down

1852, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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Last Updated

1 May 2022

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“Dress down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20down. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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