dress up

verb

Definition of dress up

transitive verb
1 :to make more attractive, glamorous, or fancy
  • dress up a plain dessert with a rich chocolate sauce
2 a :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

Examples of dress up in a Sentence

  1. we always like to dress up when going to parties

  2. the war was a fiasco that the administration tried to dress up as a triumph

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First Known Use of dress up

1635



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