English version

dress up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdress up phrasal verb1 DCDLto wear special clothes for fun, or to put special clothes on someone as He went to the party dressed up as a Chicago gangster. in I keep a box of old clothes for the children to dress up in.dress somebody ↔ up We dressed him up as a gorilla.2 DCto wear clothes that are more formal than the ones you would usually wear It’s a small informal party – you don’t have to dress up.3 dress something ↔ upINTERESTING to make something more interesting or attractive It was the old offer dressed up as something new. dress→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
dress upMost kids love dressing up.One of the students dressed up as a rabbit and marched around campus carrying a sign.I came in to find that my daughter had dressed herself up in my clothes.They were dressed up in old sheets, pretending to be ghosts.dress inPeople get dressed up in caps and gowns.We thought anyone who dresses up in dresses we want to go and see.At midday all the people from Amantani dress up in traditional costume and they go up to the two centres.Now he's taken to dressing up in young people's clothes.
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Verb table
dress
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theydress
he, she, itdresses
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theydressed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave dressed
he, she, ithas dressed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad dressed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill dress
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have dressed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam dressing
he, she, itis dressing
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you, we, theyare dressing
Past
I, he, she, itwas dressing
you, we, theywere dressing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been dressing
he, she, ithas been dressing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been dressing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be dressing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been dressing
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