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Noun: dressing  dre-sing
  1. Savoury dressings for salads; basically of two kinds: either the thin French or vinaigrette type or the creamy mayonnaise type
    - salad dressing
  2. A mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
    - stuffing
  3. Making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure
    - fertilization, fertilisation [Brit], fecundation
  4. A cloth covering for a wound or sore
    - medical dressing
  5. A process in the conversion of rough hides into leather
  6. The activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
    - grooming
  7. The act of applying a bandage
    - bandaging, binding
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

Derived forms: dressings

See also: dress down, dress up

Type of: adorn, apply, arrange, attire, beautify, care for, change, change state, cloth covering, concoction, conversion, convert, cook, covering, deck out, deck up, decorate, doll up, dress up, embellish, enrichment, fancify, fancy up, fig out, fig up, finish, fix, get up, grace, groom, gussy up [N. Amer], intermixture, make, medical aid, medical care, mixture, neaten, ornament, overdress, pare, position, prepare, prettify, prink, put on, ready, rig out, sauce, set up, thin out, tog out, tog up, treat, trick out, trick up, trim, turn

Antonym: undress

Encyclopedia: Dressing