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dress

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verb \ˈdres\

Definition of dress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make or set straightb :  to arrange (troops, equipment, etc.) 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. 4a :  to put clothes on dress a childb :  to provide with clothing feed and dress a growing family

  6. 5 archaic :  dress down

  7. 6a :  to apply dressings or medicaments to dress a woundb (1) :  to arrange (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 outd :  cultivate, tend; especially :  to apply manure or fertilizer to dress a fielde :  to put through a finishing process; especially :  to trim and smooth the surface of (a material, such as lumber or stone)

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1a :  to put on clothingb :  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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of dress

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


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dress

noun

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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of dress

1606


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dress

adjective

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 in a Sentence

  1. I wore dress pants and a nice sweater.

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

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First Known Use of dress

1767



DRESS Defined for English Language Learners

dress

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verb

Definition of dress for English Language Learners

  • : 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

dress

noun

Definition of dress for English Language Learners

  • : 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

dress

adjective

Definition of dress for English Language Learners

  • : suitable or required for a formal event


DRESS Defined for Kids

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dress

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verb \ˈdres\

Definition of dress for Students

dressed

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dressing

  1. 1 :  to put clothes on

  2. 2 :  to put on clothes in a particular way Be sure to dress warmly.

  3. 3 :  to wear formal or fancy clothes Do I have to dress for dinner?

  4. 4 :  to apply medicine or bandages to dress a wound

  5. 5 :  to trim or decorate for display dress a store window

  6. 6 :  to prepare for cooking or eating dress a chicken dress the salad

dress up

  1. 1 :  to put on formal or fancy clothes

  2. 2 :  to put on a costume I'm dressing up as a skeleton.


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dress

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noun

Definition of dress for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of clothing for a woman or girl that has a top part that covers the upper body and that is connected to a skirt covering the lower body

  2. 2 :  clothing He wore traditional dress.


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dress

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adjective

Definition of dress for Students

  1. :  proper for a formal event dress clothes


Medical Dictionary

dress

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verb \ˈdres\

Medical Definition of dress

  1. :  to apply dressings or medicaments to



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