dress up

verb
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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Synonyms for dress up

Synonyms

doll up, dress

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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

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It’s sometimes fear of failure dressed up in slippers and pajamas. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "What I Learned From Having an On-Call Astrologer for a Week," 1 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, her hubby dressed up in a black suit and red tie. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Puts Her Spin on Kate Middleton's Royal Headband Trend," 22 Mar. 2019 Leonore dressed up as a mermaid, with some festive face-paint and scale-like skirt, while Nicolas went as Batman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Leonore Just Turned 5, and the Swedish Royal Family Celebrated by Sharing a Sweet New Photo," 21 Feb. 2019 The criticism of Gucci’s sweater came just as blackface has become a topic of outrage in the U.S. Virginia’s governor and attorney general acknowledged dressing up in blackface in the 1980s, leading to calls for their resignations. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Gucci Owner Admits to a Blind Spot on Blackface," 12 Feb. 2019 For a festive food gift, dress up your loaf with a strip of parchment paper, tinsel, and vintage ornaments. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Pear Loaf," 7 Dec. 2018 Attendees can dress up to match their pups or enter the hounds alone in the contest. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "Close to home for July 13-15: All sorts of riches--Shakespeare, gold, Edith Piaf and dogs," 8 July 2018 Shop over 40 vendors, dress up your pup for a costume contest and watch canine agility demonstrations. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southern suburbs in July," 2 July 2018 You'd get dressed up in business casual clothes, sit at reception, and just forward emails and answer phones. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of dress up

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

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dress suit

dress the part

dress uniform

dress up

dressy

drew

Drew

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