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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.
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Antonyms for dress

dowdy, nakedness, street, sloven, messy, mussy, sporty, untidy, shrug off, nudity, peel, strip, styleless, dishabille, unfashionable, doff, disrobe, unclothe, uncase, unstylish, slovenly, undress, disheveled, casual, put off, wrinkled, take off, frowsy, grungy, bareness, exposure, discase, unkempt, disarray, strip down, informal, sloppy, rumpled, outmoded.

Quotes of dress

  1. There's no way I set out to be a certain kind of symbol- the way I dress is the way I am, the way I live my life. – Pamela Anderson
  2. I like to play dress up, I'm in love with fashion. – Fantasia Barrino
  3. A woman should be less concerned about Paris and more concerned about whether the dress she's about to buy relates to the way she lives. – Geoffrey Beene
  4. Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health. – Lord Chesterfield
  5. I try to bring it across on my record, in my dress in what I do and what I say because to me humor is important. You should have a dose of that and I guess giving it is what I'm here for. – Bootsy Collins
  6. I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory. – Marie Curie
  7. If you take my performance or my understanding of the role and my appreciation for story and then dress it in CGI, that I guess becomes an action film. – Vin Diesel
  8. The work is with me when I wake up in the morning; it is with me while I eat my breakfast in bed and run through the newspaper, while I shave and bathe and dress – C. S. Forester
  9. We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent. – Alison Lurie
  10. An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome. – William Manchester
  11. A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you. – Francoise Sagan
  12. Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. – Elsa Schiaparelli
  13. I have very talented people dress me and put my makeup on, stuff like that. But I do love that look, and I think it's maybe because I grew up on that old glamour. – Charlize Theron
  14. It's for all the women who embrace my aesthetic, but can't afford a Vera Wang dress If women can get anything out of it- a little bit of me or a lot of me, that's what's important. – Vera Wang

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

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