dressdress1 /dres/ ●●●S2W2 noun1[countable]DCC a piece of clothing worn by a woman or girl that covers the top of her body and part or all of her legs → skirtSheila wore a long red dress.a summer dress► see thesaurus at clothes2[uncountable]DC clothes for men or women of a particular type or for a particular occasiona gentleman in evening dress (=formal clothes worn especially at important social events)The play was performed in modern dress (=clothes from the present time).dress code (=a standard of what you should wear for a particular situation)This restaurant has a strict dress code – no tie, no service.COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + dress a wedding dressHave you chosen your wedding dress yet?an evening dress (=a formal dress to wear in the evening)She arrived in a red evening dress.a cocktail dress (=a formal dress but not usually a long one)She wore a little black cocktail dress.a silk/cotton/velvet etc dressEllie chose a green silk dress.a long dress (=that goes down to your ankles)Most of the women were wearing long dresses.a party dress (=for parties)I need a new party dress for Christmas.a summer dressa cool blue summer dressa strapless dress (=that does not have straps on your shoulders)She was wearing a strapless cream dress and matching shoes.a sleeveless dress (=without any sleeves)She was photographed wearing a figure-hugging sleeveless dress.dress + NOUNa dress shop (=selling women’s dresses and other clothes)It was an expensive dress shop.a dress designer (=someone whose job is designing women’s clothes)She’s a former royal dress designer.
dressdress2 ●●●S2W2 verb1put on clothes [intransitive, transitive] to put clothes on yourself or someone elseCan you wait a minute? I’m just getting dressed.She dressed quickly and went out of the house.I usually have to dress the kids in the mornings.dress somebody in somethingShe dressed Louis in his best blue shirt.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say get dressed rather than dress:I got dressed and went downstairs for breakfast.2wear clothes [intransitive]DC to wear a particular kind of clothesDress warmly if you’re going out for a walk.dress casually/smartlyI spend most of my time in the house with young children, so I dress casually.dress forHow do you normally dress for work?We usually dress for dinner (=wear formal clothes for our evening meal).3make/choose clothes [transitive]DC to make or choose clothes for someoneVersace dressed some of the most famous people in Hollywood.4wound/cut etcMH [transitive] to clean, treat, and cover a wound5meat/fishDFC [transitive] to clean and preparemeat or fish so that it is ready to cook or eatdressed crab6saladDFC [transitive] to put oil, vinegar, salt etc onto a salad7window [transitive] to put an attractivearrangement in a shopwindow →window dresser8SOLDIERSsoldiers [intransitive, transitive]PMW technical to stand in a straight line, or to make soldiers do this9hairHAIR [transitive] formalDC to arrange someone’s hair into a special style10wood/stone etcTI [transitive] technical to prepare or put a special surface onto wood, stone, leather etc →dress down →dress up→ See Verb table
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dress• He dresses and acts more like a 36-year-old electricalengineer.• It's a costume party, so she's dressing as a clown.• How do most of the people dress at your office?• Patty's just learning to dress herself.• I didn't dress it up; no wonder she took it as life letting her down once more.• Can you dress the kids while I make breakfast?• Dress the salad with lemon, olive oil, and a little black pepper.• Ask Mom if she needs help dressing the turkey.• Clean the area thoroughly before dressing the wound.• Check that those who can dress themselves are coping.• Dress warmly - it's cold out.dress for dinner• Jim and William Reid don't dress for dinner.• Tea was served at four-thirty, and after tea everybody would rush upstairs to dress for dinner.• He was dressed for dinner and she knew without doubt that they were not going to be invited to join him.• While we were dressing for dinner, Jasper spent a long time trying to teach me how to tie it.• It occurs to me tonight, waiting for Dominic to dress for dinner, that I never saw that map.