dress up

dressed up; dressing up; dresses up

Definition of dress up

transitive verb

1 : to make more attractive, glamorous, or fancy dress up a plain dessert with a rich chocolate sauce
2a : to attire in best or formal clothes
b : to attire in clothes suited to a particular role
3 : to present in the most attractive or impressive light a fiasco dressed up as a triumph

intransitive verb

: to get dressed up

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Examples of dress up in a Sentence

we always like to dress up when going to parties the war was a fiasco that the administration tried to dress up as a triumph
Recent Examples on the Web One worker was assigned to be Harriet Tubman; others were told to dress up as Sojourner Truth and Martin Luther King. Jasper Craven, The New Republic, "Inside the VA’s Long-Standing Racism Problem," 9 July 2020 Ramen noodles Ibarra would dress up with a little butter and spices. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio single mom overcomes years of struggle with hard work, dedication at University Hospital," 6 July 2020 Plus, with a little extra effort, some convenience foods are easy to dress up. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Food Staples Every Dorm Room Needs," 26 June 2020 There was an annual Bib Bash, for which people would dress up in bib overalls like Kevin used to wear and have a festival. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Unusual Up North museum to close next month — and everything is for sale," 1 July 2020 Boris Johnson loves to dress up—admittedly not an unusual pastime among alumni of Britain’s most exclusive schools. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Child Care Is Infrastructure," 30 June 2020 The company held a free prom-like banquet at a country club for employees in January, giving workers and a guest a chance to dress up and enjoy an extravagant party with colleagues, complete with shrimp cocktail and a carving station. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Anderson-Dubose Co. throws prom-like banquet: Top Workplaces 2020 first-place winner," 28 June 2020 The drive-thru prom invites seniors to dress up in their prom attire and take pictures on a red carpet. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD reschedules graduations, plans ‘drive-thru’ prom," 26 June 2020 Easy to put on and versatile enough to dress up or down, this soft, ribbed scoop-neck dress is perfect for summer. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "10 Summer-Ready Dresses to Buy From Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of dress up

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

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The first known use of dress up was circa 1513

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“Dress up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20up. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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