|Origin:||dresser 'to arrange', from Latin directus 'straight'; DIRECT1|
to put clothes on yourself or someone else:
put on clothes[intransitive and transitive]
Aunt Margaret told her to dress herself in her nicest dress.
I dress the kids before I go to work.
I've got to go home to dress.
I dressed quickly.
dress somebody in something! In spoken English, it is more usual to say get dressed.
She dressed Louis in his best blue jersey.
to wear a particular kind of clothes:
Dress warmly if you're going out for a walk.
I spend most of my time in the house with young children, so I dress casually.
How do you normally dress for work?
We usually dress for dinner (=wear formal clothes for our evening meal).
to make or choose clothes for someone:
Versace dressed some of the most famous people in Hollywood.
to clean, treat, and cover a wound
wound/cut etcMH [transitive]
to clean and prepare meat or fish so that it is ready to cook or eat:
to put oil, vinegar, salt etc onto a salad
to put an attractive arrangement in a shop window ➔ window dresser
to stand in a straight line, or to make soldiers do this
soldiers[intransitive and transitive]PMW technical
to arrange someone's hair into a special style
to prepare or put a special surface onto wood, stone, leather etc
wood/stone etcTI [transitive] technical
dress downphrasal verb
to wear clothes that are more informal than the ones you would usually wear:
In many offices, people dress down on Fridays.
to speak angrily to someone about something they have done wrong
dress upphrasal verb
to wear special clothes for fun, or to put special clothes on someone
dress up as
He went to the party dressed up as a Chicago gangster.
dress up 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.
to 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.
to make something more interesting or attractive:
It was the old offer dressed up as something new.