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Meaning & Definition of Dress in English

English

Dress

/drɛs/

noun

1. A one-piece garment for a woman

  • Has skirt and bodice
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • frock

2. Clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

  • "Formal attire"
  • "Battle dress"
    synonym:
  • attire
  • ,
  • garb
  • ,
  • dress

3. Clothing in general

  • "She was refined in her choice of apparel"
  • "He always bought his clothes at the same store"
  • "Fastidious about his dress"
    synonym:
  • apparel
  • ,
  • wearing apparel
  • ,
  • dress
  • ,
  • clothes

verb

1. Put on clothes

  • "We had to dress quickly"
  • "Dress the patient"
  • "Can the child dress by herself?"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • get dressed

2. Provide with clothes or put clothes on

  • "Parents must feed and dress their child"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • clothe
  • ,
  • enclothe
  • ,
  • garb
  • ,
  • raiment
  • ,
  • tog
  • ,
  • garment
  • ,
  • habilitate
  • ,
  • fit out
  • ,
  • apparel

3. Put a finish on

  • "Dress the surface smooth"
    synonym:
  • dress

4. Dress in a certain manner

  • "She dresses in the latest paris fashion"
  • "He dressed up in a suit and tie"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • dress up

5. Dress or groom with elaborate care

  • "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
    synonym:
  • preen
  • ,
  • primp
  • ,
  • plume
  • ,
  • dress

6. Kill and prepare for market or consumption

  • "Dress a turkey"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • dress out

7. Arrange in ranks

  • "Dress troops"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • line up

8. Decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

    synonym:
  • trim
  • ,
  • garnish
  • ,
  • dress

9. Provide with decoration

  • "Dress the windows"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • decorate

10. Put a dressing on

  • "Dress the salads"
    synonym:
  • dress

11. Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

  • "Dress the plants in the garden"
    synonym:
  • snip
  • ,
  • clip
  • ,
  • crop
  • ,
  • trim
  • ,
  • lop
  • ,
  • dress
  • ,
  • prune
  • ,
  • cut back

12. Cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width

    synonym:
  • dress

13. Convert into leather

  • "Dress the tanned skins"
    synonym:
  • dress

14. Apply a bandage or medication to

  • "Dress the victim's wounds"
    synonym:
  • dress

15. Give a neat appearance to

  • "Groom the dogs"
  • "Dress the horses"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • groom
  • ,
  • curry

16. Arrange attractively

  • "Dress my hair for the wedding"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • arrange
  • ,
  • set
  • ,
  • do
  • ,
  • coif
  • ,
  • coiffe
  • ,
  • coiffure

adjective

1. Suitable for formal occasions

  • "Formal wear"
  • "A full-dress uniform"
  • "Dress shoes"
    synonym:
  • full-dress
  • ,
  • dress

2. (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes

  • "A dress dinner"
  • "A full-dress ceremony"
    synonym:
  • dress
  • ,
  • full-dress

Examples of using

Could you save this dress for me?
The dress is pure silk.
Mary wore a plain white dress.