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v. dressed, dress·ing, dress·es
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.
a. To fertilize (land or plants).
b. Archaic To cultivate (land or plants).
10. To clean (fish or fowl) for cooking or sale.
a. To put a finish on (stone or wood, for example).
b. To tan or prepare (a hide) in leather-making.
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.
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.
1. Suitable for formal occasions: dress shoes.
2. Requiring formal clothes: a dress dinner.
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.
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.
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.]
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
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|Verb||1.||dress 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"|
call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, have words, bawl out, berate, rebuke, reproof, scold, take to task, call down, lambast, lambaste, lecture, reprimand, remonstrate, trounce, jaw, rag
castigate, chasten, chastise, objurgate, correct - censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"
|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"
2. To furnish with decorations.Also used with up:
1. Articles worn to cover the body:
apparel, attire, clothes, clothing, garment (used in plural), habiliment (often used in plural), raiment.
Slang: thread (used in plural).
2. A set or style of clothing: