Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps


Verb: dress  dres
  1. Put on clothes
    "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"; "we had to dress quickly";
    - get dressed
     
  2. Provide with clothes or put clothes on
    "Parents must feed and dress their child";
    - clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment [archaic], tog, garment, habilitate [archaic], fit out, apparel
     
  3. Put a finish on
    "dress the surface smooth"
     
  4. Wear clothes in a certain manner or of a certain style
    "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie";
    - dress up
     
  5. Dress or groom with elaborate care
    "She likes to dress when going to the opera";
    - preen, primp, plume
     
  6. Kill and prepare for market or consumption
    "dress a turkey";
    - dress out
     
  7. Arrange in ranks
    "dress troops";
    - line up
     
  8. Decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
    - trim, garnish
     
  9. Provide with decoration
    "dress the windows";
    - decorate
     
  10. (cooking) put a dressing on
    "dress the salads"
     
  11. Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
    "dress the plants in the garden";
    - snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, prune, cut back
     
  12. Cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
     
  13. Convert into leather
    "dress the tanned skins"
     
  14. (medicine) apply a bandage or medication to
    "dress the victim's wounds"
     
  15. Give a neat appearance to
    "dress the horses";
    - groom, curry
     
  16. Style or arrange hair attractively
    "dress my hair for the wedding";
    - arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure
Noun: dress  dres
  1. A one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
    - frock
     
  2. Clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    "battle dress";
    - attire, garb
     
  3. Clothing in general
    "fastidious about his dress";
    - apparel, wearing apparel, clothes
Adjective: dress  dres
  1. Suitable for formal occasions
    "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes";
    - full-dress
     
  2. (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes
    "a dress dinner"; "a full-dress ceremony";
    - full-dress

Derived forms: dressing, dresses, dressed

See also: dress down, dress up, formal

Type of: adorn, apply, arrange, article of clothing, attire, beautify, care for, change, change state, clothing, convert, cook, deck out, deck up, decorate, doll up, dress up, embellish, fancify, fancy up, fig out, fig up, finish, fix, get up, grace, groom, gussy up [N. Amer], habiliment [archaic], make, neaten, ornament, overdress, pare, position, prepare, prettify, prink, put on, ready, rig out, set up, thin out, tog out, tog up, treat, trick out, trick up, trim, turn, vesture, wear, wearable, woman's clothing

Antonym: undress

Encyclopedia: Dress