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  1. dress
    IPA[dres]
  2. verb

    • 1. put on one's clothes:

      Graham showered and dressed quickly I'll go and get dressed
      Synonym : put on clothes, don clothes, slip into clothes, clothe oneself, get dressed
    • 2. wear clothes in a particular way or of a particular type:

      she's nice-looking and dresses well he was dressed in jeans and a thick sweater
      Synonym : clothe, attire, garb, fit out, turn out, deck, deck out, trick out/up, costume, array, robe, accoutre, get up, doll up, bedizen, apparel
    • 3. put clothes on (someone):

      they dressed her in a white hospital gown
    • 4. put on clothes appropriate for a formal occasion:

      we dressed for dinner every night
      Synonym : wear formal clothes, put on evening dress, dress up, change (one's clothes)
    • 5. design or supply clothes for (a celebrity):

      for over four decades he dressed the royal family
    • 6. decorate (something) in an artistic or attractive way:

      they had dressed the doorframes with sprays of bittersweet
    • 7. decorate (a ship) with flags for a special occasion.

    • 8. treat or prepare (something) in a certain way.

    • 9. clean, treat, or apply a dressing to (a wound):

      she washed the wound and dressed it with fresh bandages
      Synonym : bandage, cover, bind (up), wrap, swaddle, swathe, plaster, put a plaster on
    • 10. clean and prepare (food, especially poultry or shellfish) for cooking or eating:

      dress the crab and shell the prawns
      Synonym : prepare, get ready, make ready, clean
    • 11. add a dressing to (a salad):

      dress the salad with vinaigrette
    • 12. apply a fertilizing substance to (a field, garden, or plant):

      the field was dressed with unrotted farmyard manure
      Synonym : fertilize, add fertilizer to, feed, enrich, manure, mulch, compost, top-dress
    • 13. complete the preparation or manufacture of (leather or fabric) by treating its surface in some way:

      leather that had been dressed with alum
    • 14. smooth the surface of (stone):

      it takes two days to dress a pair of millstones
      Synonym : smooth, polish, gloss, level, face
    • 15. arrange or style (one's own or someone else's hair), especially in an elaborate way:

      Patrick dressed Michelle's hair in a sculptured, Japanese-type style
      Synonym : style, groom, arrange, comb, brush, do, put in order, straighten, adjust, preen, primp, fix
    • 16. draw up (troops) in the proper alignment.

      Synonym : line up, put in line, align, straighten, arrange, put into order, dispose, set out, get into rows/columns, fall in
    • 17. (of troops) come into proper alignment.

    • 18. prepare (an artificial fly) for use in fishing:

      after you dress a dry fly, be sure to remove any oil before you make your next cast

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: dress, plural noun: dresses

    • v.: verb: dress, 3rd person present: dresses, gerund or present participle: dressing, past tense: dressed, past participle: dressed

    • noun

      a sauce for salads, typically one consisting of oil and vinegar mixed together with herbs or other flavorings:

      stuffing:

    • adjective

      (of food, especially poultry or shellfish) cleaned and prepared for cooking or eating:

      (of a salad) having a dressing added:

    • verb

      put on one's clothes:

      wear clothes in a particular way or of a particular type:

    • noun

      a one-piece garment for a woman or girl that covers the body and extends down over the legs:

      clothing of a specified kind for men or women:

    • noun

      a sauce for salads, typically one consisting of oil and vinegar with herbs or other flavourings:

      stuffing:

    • adjective

      (of food, especially poultry or shellfish) cleaned and prepared for cooking or eating:

      (of a salad) having a dressing added:

    • noun

      a salad dressing of vinegar, oil, and seasonings:

      a sweet, creamy salad dressing commercially prepared from oil, tomato puree, and spices.

    • noun

      a man's white shirt worn with a bow tie and a dinner jacket on formal occasions.

      a man's long-sleeved shirt, suitable for wearing with a tie.

    • adjective

      denoting a variety of potato chips seasoned with a combination of several different flavorings:

      (especially in Quebec) denoting pizza or other food prepared with all the available toppings or condiments:

    • noun

      an application of manure or fertilizer to the earth, which is then plowed or dug in.

      manure or fertilizer which has been plowed or dug in to the earth.

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