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dress

 (drĕs)
v. dressed, dress·ing, dress·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To put clothes on; clothe.
b. To furnish with clothing.
2. To decorate or adorn: dress a Christmas tree.
3. To garnish: dressed the side dish with parsley.
4. To arrange a display in: dress a store window.
5. To arrange (troops) in ranks; align.
6. To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to (a wound).
7. To arrange and groom (the hair), as by styling, combing, or washing.
8. To groom (an animal); curry.
9.
a. To fertilize (land or plants).
b. Archaic To cultivate (land or plants).
10. To clean (fish or fowl) for cooking or sale.
11.
a. To put a finish on (stone or wood, for example).
b. To tan or prepare (a hide) in leather-making.
v.intr.
1. To put on clothes.
2. To wear clothes of a certain kind or style: dresses casually.
3. To wear formal clothes: dress for dinner.
4. To get into proper alignment with others: The troops dressed on the squad leader.
n.
1. Clothing; apparel.
2. A style of clothing: folk dancers in peasant dress.
3. A one-piece outer garment consisting of a skirt and bodice.
4. Outer covering or appearance; guise: an ancient ritual in modern dress.
adj.
1. Suitable for formal occasions: dress shoes.
2. Requiring formal clothes: a dress dinner.
Phrasal Verbs:
dress down
1. To scold; reprimand: I was dressed down by the teacher for lateness.
2. To wear informal clothes, befitting an occasion or location: Many employees dress down on Fridays.
dress up
1. To wear a costume or style of clothing, especially formal attire: They dressed up for the prom. The children dress up on Halloween.
2. To improve the outward appearance of: The new curtains dressed up the room. She dressed up the speech with famous quotations.
Idiom:
dress ship Nautical
To display the ensign, signal flags, and bunting on a ship.

[Middle English dressen, to arrange, put on clothing, from Old French drecier, to arrange, from Vulgar Latin *dīrēctiāre, from Latin dīrēctus, past participle of dīrigere, to direct; see direct.]

dress down

vb (adverb)
1. (tr) informal to reprimand severely or scold (a person)
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (intr) to dress in a casual or informal manner, esp at work
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dress down - censure severely or angrilydress down - censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
castigate, chasten, chastise, objurgate, correct - censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"
brush down, tell off - reprimand; "She told the misbehaving student off"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
2.dress down - dress informally and casually; "On Fridays, employees can underdress"
dress, get dressed - put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, gussy up, overdress, prink, get up - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera"; "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"

dress

verb
1. To put clothes on:
Informal: tog.
2. To furnish with decorations.Also used with up:
3. To apply therapeutic materials to (a wound):
4. To prepare (soil) for the planting and raising of crops:
phrasal verb
dress down
To criticize for a fault or an offense:
Informal: bawl out, lambaste.
Slang: chew out.
Idioms: bring to task, call on the carpet, haul over the coals, let someone have it.
phrasal verb
dress up
To dress in formal or special clothing:
Informal: trick out (or up).
Slang: doll up.
noun
1. Articles worn to cover the body:
apparel, attire, clothes, clothing, garment (used in plural), habiliment (often used in plural), raiment.
Informal: dud (used in plural), tog (used in plural).
Slang: thread (used in plural).
2. A set or style of clothing:
costume, garb, guise, habiliment (often used in plural), outfit, turnout.
Informal: getup, rig.
3. A one-piece skirted outer garment for women and children:
Translations

w>dress down

vt sep
horsestriegeln
to dress somebody downjdn herunterputzen (inf)
visich betont lässig kleiden
References in classic literature ?
Tulliver, stroking her dress down, "I've seen what riches are in my own family; for my sisters have got husbands as can afford to do pretty much what they like.
Wragge, throwing open the wardrobe, and taking a dress down from one of the pegs.
After discovering that their manager Amanda Cavanagh's newborn granddaughter was being treated in the heart unit for a rare heart condition, they decided to raise funds for the unit, collecting PS400 during a dress down day.
Monday is "Be a Good Sport Day." Students may dress down and wear their favorite team sweatshirt or jersey.
Many employers have dress code policies for diverse reasons and before you give up and join your colleagues, it would be good to check and be sure that your employer still prefers to keep the dress code as is and if not, you can adjust accordingly as you would not be breaking any rules.Of most important though is to understand why employers have these policies, some very strict while, others encourage business casual arrangements and still others allow complete dress down.
Tan biker jacket, PS30 @ Matalan Dress this delicate pink dress down with a soft biker jacket and flats.
thought was Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee waiter walked into a room at their Mar Hal base earlier this week and sat down with a group of sports writers with the words: "Times have changed lads, you need to chill and dress down. It's 2015 - you shouldn't have to be forced to wear a suit to work."
IT IS the biggest night in the fashion calendar, an event that features so many to-die-for dresses that it makes the Oscars look like dress down Friday and this year's Met Ball did not disappoint.
Staff at the Coventry Direct offices in Spire House have been holding dress down days every Friday and a tuck shop to raise money for the Myton nurses who saw her through her final days.
"This was a fantastic achievement and is the most money we've ever collected through a dress down day," said head of Year 8 Remy Mal.
London, Oct 26 ( ANI ): Many companies enforce a "dress down Friday" policy as an incentive for office workers to let their hair down at the end of the week, a survey has revealed.
“The Dress Down Friday incentive proved to be a tremendous success that produced win-win results for both our staff and a wonderfully important organization like the March of Dimes,” says Tomas Gordon, CEO at ClearOne Advantage.