Dress - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dres|  American pronunciation of the word dress
Brit.  |dres|  British pronunciation of the word dress


- a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice (syn: frock)
- clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion (syn: attire, garb)
battle dress
- clothing in general (syn: apparel, clothes)
fastidious about his dress


- put on clothes
we had to dress quickly
dress the patient
Can the child dress by herself?
- provide with clothes or put clothes on (syn: apparel, clothe, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog)
Parents must feed and dress their child
- put a finish on
dress the surface smooth
- dress in a certain manner (syn: dress up)
She dresses in the latest Paris fashion
he dressed up in a suit and tie
- dress or groom with elaborate care (syn: plume, preen, primp)
She likes to dress when going to the opera
- kill and prepare for market or consumption (syn: dress out)
dress a turkey
- arrange in ranks (syn: line up)
dress troops
- decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods (syn: garnish, trim)
- provide with decoration (syn: decorate)
dress the windows
- put a dressing on
dress the salads
- cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of (syn: clip, crop, cut back, lop, prune, snip, trim)
dress the plants in the garden
- cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
- convert into leather
dress the tanned skins
- apply a bandage or medication to
dress the victim's wounds
- give a neat appearance to (syn: curry, groom)
dress the horses
- arrange attractively (syn: arrange, coif, coiffure, do, set)
dress my hair for the wedding


- suitable for formal occasions (syn: full-dress)
a full-dress uniform
dress shoes
- (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes (syn: full-dress)
a dress dinner
a full-dress ceremony

Extra examples

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.

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.

I wore dress pants and a nice sweater.

...the naval commander wore his dress uniform to the ball...

The dress fits well.

Phrasal verbs

dress down  — censure severely or angrily
dress out  — kill and prepare for market or consumption
dress up  — put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dress
he/she/it: dresses
present participle: dressing
past tense: dressed
past participle: dressed
singular: dress
plural: dresses
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