They dressed themselves in a hurry.
He dressed the child in a snowsuit.
She showered, dressed, and ate breakfast.
She dressed warmly for skiing.
She is dressing for the opera.
They always dress for dinner.
The nurse dressed the cut on my knee. Noun
She wore dresses only on special occasions.
She wore a short black dress to the party.
Her wedding dress was decorated with lace.
The guests were clothed in traditional Indian dress.
It is wise to wear conservative dress to an interview. Adjective
I wore dress pants and a nice sweater.
the naval commander wore his dress uniform to the ball See More
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The 1991 murder of Sarah Yarborough shook the community of Federal Way, Washington, to its core — a 16-year-old girl found strangled on the campus of the local high school, still partially dressed in her drill team uniform.—Lauren Clark, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 Britney fans can show off their love for the singer with this fun and glittery Funko Pop, dressed in one of her most memorable all-red stage fits.—Anna Tingley, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 When Allen first dressed Schafer in the Marni dress, the stylist says the actor instantly beamed.—Christian Allaire, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 And by 8, the room was full of people dressed in glittering saris and tailored kurtas.—Mahira Rivers, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Prior to the ceremony, Rauw walked the red carpet dressed in Saint Laurent while accompanied by his mother.—Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2023 The two then dressed to the nines, wearing a white wedding gown and traditional black suit for the renewal, before posing for a photoshoot on the rooftop of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.—Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Scherzinger posed next to life-size trolls while dressed in solidarity: a fluffy, all-pink getup.—Marci Robin, Allure, 15 Nov. 2023 Eclectically dressed people leaned over Link’s stroller, cooing.—Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023
For instance, while home with her children in Georgia, rather than being fully glamorous as she is often depicted, the former wears a relaxed floral house dress with an apron.—Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 18 Nov. 2023 Whether paired with tailored trousers for a business meeting or draped over a casual dress for an evening out, this blazer is incredibly versatile for the holiday season.—Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 The shiny suits, and after that the girls started wearing those dresses with the aluminum foil lining too.—Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 17 Nov. 2023 Megan accessorized her look with a pair of strappy brown heels that matched her dress and glittering dangly earrings.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 Both opted for a neutral color palette—Gerber in chocolate brown and Crawford in pure white—but while Gerber wore a dress, her mother opted for chic suiting.—Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 16 Nov. 2023 In the mid-1990s, Ms. Getty was asked by a friend to help shop for flower girl dresses.—Jessica Testa, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Chicago’s second costume was a little more thought out — a white dress with a poofy skirt and sheer sleeves, complete with a pair of white cowboy boots.—Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 With an audience of famously stylish stars and a history of bold looks (see: Rihanna’s sheer Adam Selman dress), it’s bound to be a night of exciting fashion.—Vogue, 6 Nov. 2023
While Gigi's mid-length dress featured a sheer corset, her sister walked down the runway in an opaque mini-dress version of the look.—Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 27 Feb. 2022 And within the summer maxi dress umbrella are options for every style and aesthetic; there’s one to delight no matter your style—even a few for the non-dress girls!—Madeline Fass, Vogue, 4 May 2021 That's the case even if the job does not require dress clothes.—Daniel B. Kline, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2017 Dress code controversies are nothing new, especially in the era of social media.—Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, 29 Aug. 2017 Factor in alterations: Dress alterations can be costly, so talk to your salon about their policy in advance.—Emily Valla, idahostatesman, 21 July 2017 Dress-code-busting aside, these are some excellent, just-DGAF-enough outfits.—Megan Gustashaw, GQ, 13 July 2017 Dress code double standards not only can make summer unbearable but also serve to police people's gender expression.—Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, 23 June 2017 Dress Meets Body collection, which is set in a large funnel-like space with a video of Merce Cunningham’s dancers performing in the clothing by viewers’ feet.—Steff Yotka, Vogue, 1 May 2017 See More
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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