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Verb: dress up
  1. Put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
    "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera";
    - overdress, fig out, fig up, deck up, gussy up [N. Amer], fancy up, trick up, deck out, trick out, prink, attire, get up, rig out, tog up, tog out, doll up
     
  2. Make something appear superficially attractive
    "Don't try to dress up the unpleasant truth"; "The researcher tried to dress up the uninteresting data";
    - window-dress
     
  3. Put a caparison on
    "dress up the horses for the festive occasion";
    - caparison, bard, barde
     
  4. Dress in a costume
    "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins";
    - costume
     
  5. Wear clothes in a certain manner or of a certain style
    "he dressed up in a suit and tie";
    - dress

Derived forms: dressed up, dressing up, dresses up

See also: dress

Type of: adorn, apparel, beautify, clothe, decorate, dress, embellish, enclothe, fancify, fit out, garb, garment, get dressed, grace, habilitate [archaic], ornament, prettify, raiment [archaic], tog

Antonym: dress down