Definitions of dress

  1. provide with clothes or put clothes on; " Parents must feed and dress their child"
  2. arrange in ranks; " dress troops"
  3. a one- piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
  4. ( of an occasion) requiring formal clothes; " a dress dinner"; " a full- dress ceremony"
  5. suitable for formal occasions; " formal wear"; " a full- dress uniform"; " dress shoes"
  6. dress or groom with elaborate care; " She likes to dress when going to the opera"
  7. dress in a certain manner; " She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; " he dressed up in a suit and tie"
  8. put on clothes; " we had to dress quickly"; " dress the patient"; " Can the child dress by herself?"
  9. apply a bandage or medication to; " dress the victim's wounds"
  10. kill and prepare for market or consumption; " dress a turkey"
  11. decorate ( food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  12. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; " formal attire"; " battle dress"
  13. convert into leather; " dress the tanned skins"
  14. cut down rough- hewn ( lumber) to standard thickness and width
  15. put a finish on; " dress the surface smooth"
  16. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; " dress the plants in the garden"
  17. put a dressing on; " dress the salads"
  18. 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.
  19. To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part.
  20. 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.
  21. To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.
  22. 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.
  23. To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
  24. To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly.
  25. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel.
  26. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress.
  27. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it.
  28. The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
  29. 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!
  30. Covering for the body; clothing; elegant or fashionable attire; a woman's or a child's gown.
  31. 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.
  32. To put on clothes; to form a line.
  33. Dressed or Drest.
  34. Dressing.
  35. To put straight or in order: to put clothes upon: to prepare: to cook: to trim: to deck: to cleanse a sore.
  36. To arrange in a line: to put on clothes:- pa. t. and pa. p. dressed' or drest.
  37. The covering or ornament of the body: a lady's gown: style of dress.
  38. Clothing; woman's gown.
  39. To put in order; clothe; deck; cook; make healing applications to a wound or sore.
  40. To clothe; array; adorn; arrange; adjust; cleanse and bind up, as a wound; prepare.
  41. Clothes collectively; elegant attire.
  42. A gown of a woman or child.
  43. The covering or ornament of the body; apparel; habiliments; a lady's gown; full dress; style in dress; fastidiousness in dress.
  44. 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.
  45. 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
  46. Covering or ornaments for the body; garments; clothes; a lady's gown.
  47. 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. Let me dress and take her back!" – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  2. Had it not been for his dress, he might have passed for an English curate on half pay. – Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith
  3. That last dress she made was lovely. – Little Miss Joy by Emma Marshall
  4. Do you think I need dress, mother?" – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  5. All they think about is dress and a good time." – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  6. 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
  7. What do you want with another dress, 'Thusa? – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  8. 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
  9. I am going to dress. – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  10. 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
  11. Get into a pretty dress, and don't keep me waiting." – The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Daviess
  12. What dress would you like?" – Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
  13. I will make your dress myself. – The-Choir-Invisible by Allen, James Lane
  14. You can do so by- and- by, after breakfast; you can dress yourself, you want no more help. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  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. See her in her weddin' dress- my! – Leonore Stubbs by L. B. Walford
  17. But I must change my dress! – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  18. 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
  19. Yes'm- she got on her white dress. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans