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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 [informal], 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, gear [informal], toggery [informal]
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: dresses, dressed, dressing

See also: dress up, formal, underdress

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 [informal], dress up, duds [informal], embellish, fancify, fancy up [informal], fig out [informal], fig up [informal], finish, fix [informal], get up, grace, groom, gussy up [N. Amer, informal], habiliment [archaic], make, neaten, ornament, overdress, pare, position, prepare, prettify, prink, put on, ready, rig out, set up, thin out, threads [informal], tog out [informal], tog up [informal], togs [informal], treat, trick out, trick up, trim, turn, vesture, wear, wearable, woman's clothing

Antonym: unclothe

Encyclopedia: Dress