Definitions of dress

  1. provide with clothes or put clothes on; " Parents must feed and dress their child"
  2. arrange attractively; " dress my hair for the wedding"
  3. give a neat appearance to; " groom the dogs"; " dress the horses"
  4. provide with decoration; " dress the windows"
  5. arrange in ranks; " dress troops"
  6. a one- piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
  7. ( of an occasion) requiring formal clothes; " a dress dinner"; " a full- dress ceremony"
  8. suitable for formal occasions; " formal wear"; " a full- dress uniform"; " dress shoes"
  9. dress or groom with elaborate care; " She likes to dress when going to the opera"
  10. dress in a certain manner; " She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; " he dressed up in a suit and tie"
  11. put on clothes; " we had to dress quickly"; " dress the patient"; " Can the child dress by herself?"
  12. apply a bandage or medication to; " dress the victim's wounds"
  13. kill and prepare for market or consumption; " dress a turkey"
  14. decorate ( food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  15. clothing in general; " she was refined in her choice of apparel"; " he always bought his clothes at the same store"; " fastidious about his dress"
  16. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; " formal attire"; " battle dress"
  17. convert into leather; " dress the tanned skins"
  18. cut down rough- hewn ( lumber) to standard thickness and width
  19. put a finish on; " dress the surface smooth"
  20. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; " dress the plants in the garden"
  21. put a dressing on; " dress the salads"
  22. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order.
  23. To arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align; as, to dress the ranks.
  24. To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part.
  25. To adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically: ( a) To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready; as, to dress a slain animal; to dress meat; to dress leather or cloth; to dress or trim a lamp; to dress a garden; to dress a horse, by currying and rubbing; to dress grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them.
  26. To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.
  27. To put in proper condition by appareling, as the body; to put clothes upon; to apparel; to invest with garments or rich decorations; to clothe; to deck.
  28. To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
  29. To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly.
  30. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel.
  31. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress.
  32. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it.
  33. The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
  34. To arrange one's self in due position in a line of soldiers; - the word of command to form alignment in ranks; as, Right, dress!
  35. Covering for the body; clothing; elegant or fashionable attire; a woman's or a child's gown.
  36. To cover with, or as with, clothing; adorn; make ready; arrange; to prepare for the table; curry or rub down; adjust to a straight line, as soldiers; to treat, as a wound, with medicines, bandages, etc.
  37. To put on clothes; to form a line.
  38. Dressed or Drest.
  39. Dressing.
  40. To put straight or in order: to put clothes upon: to prepare: to cook: to trim: to deck: to cleanse a sore.
  41. To arrange in a line: to put on clothes:- pa. t. and pa. p. dressed' or drest.
  42. The covering or ornament of the body: a lady's gown: style of dress.
  43. Clothing; woman's gown.
  44. To put in order; clothe; deck; cook; make healing applications to a wound or sore.
  45. To clothe; array; adorn; arrange; adjust; cleanse and bind up, as a wound; prepare.
  46. Clothes collectively; elegant attire.
  47. A gown of a woman or child.
  48. The covering or ornament of the body; apparel; habiliments; a lady's gown; full dress; style in dress; fastidiousness in dress.
  49. To put straight or adjust to a right line; to put in good order; to trim; to put clothes on; to deck; to cleanse a wound and apply remedies; to make suitable or fit for use; to curry, rub, and comb.
  50. To put on clothes; to pay particular regard to dress; to arrange in a line. Dress! a military word of command given when troops have arrived at any prescribed point of alignment, as
  51. Covering or ornaments for the body; garments; clothes; a lady's gown.
  52. To cover the body with clothing or ornaments; to deck, adorn, or embellish; to cultivate; to prepare food for the table; to put into good order, as a wound; to prepare or fit for use; in mil., to adjust the front of a company to a straight line.

Usage examples for dress

  1. Get into a pretty dress and don't keep me waiting." – The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Daviess
  2. Let me dress and take her back!" – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  3. All they think about is dress and a good time." – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  4. See her in her weddin' dress my! – Leonore Stubbs by L. B. Walford
  5. What dress would you like?" – Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
  6. What do you want with another dress 'Thusa? – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  7. Presently Virginia, seeing that the girls understood, passed into the next room to change her dress – The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine by Katherine Stokes
  8. Clothing denotes the entire covering of the body, taken as a whole; clothes and garments view it as composed of separate parts. Clothes, clothing, and garments may be used of inner or outer covering; all the other words in the list ( with possible rare exceptions in the case of raiment) refer to the outer garments. Array, raiment, and vesture are archaic or poetic; so, too, is habit, except in technical use to denote a lady's riding- dress The word vestments is now rare, except in ecclesiastical use. Apparel and attire are most frequently used of somewhat complete and elegant outer clothing, tho Shakespeare speaks of " poor and mean attire." Dress may be used, specifically, for a woman's gown, and in that sense may be either rich or shabby; but in the general sense it denotes outer clothing which is meant to be elegant, complete, and appropriate to some social or public occasion; as, full dress court dress evening dress etc. Dress has now largely displaced apparel and attire. Garb denotes the clothing characteristic of some class, profession, or the like; as, the garb of a priest. Costume is chiefly used for that which befits an assumed character; as, a theatrical costume; we sometimes speak of a national costume, etc. –  by
  9. The dress was as plain as possible, yet evidently that of a lady, and as unmistakeable was the carriage. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  10. Yes'm- she got on her white dress – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  11. Will you pay me, at least, for our last work- the dress you have on?" – The Rector of St. Mark's by Mary J. Holmes
  12. No, she answered; we shall be back just in time to dress and get away to the train. – Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color by Brander Matthews
  13. You can do so by- and- by, after breakfast; you can dress yourself, you want no more help. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  14. That last dress she made was lovely. – Little Miss Joy by Emma Marshall
  15. How many times must I tell you to put a clean dress on Phoebe every day? – What's-His-Name by George Barr McCutcheon
  16. I will make your dress myself. – The-Choir-Invisible by Allen, James Lane
  17. But I must change my dress – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  18. Do you think I need dress mother?" – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  19. Had it not been for his dress he might have passed for an English curate on half pay. – Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith
  20. I am going to dress – Best Russian Short Stories by Various