What is the meaning of dress?


  • A one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice.
  • Clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion.
    • usage: "formal attire"; "battle dress"
  • Clothing in general.
    • usage: "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress"


  • Put on clothes.
    • usage: "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself"
  • Provide with clothes or put clothes on.
    • usage: "Parents must feed and dress their child"
  • Put a finish on.
    • usage: "dress the surface smooth"
  • Dress in a certain manner.
    • usage: "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie"
  • Dress or groom with elaborate care.
    • usage: "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
  • Kill and prepare for market or consumption.
    • usage: "dress a turkey"
  • Arrange in ranks.
    • usage: "dress troops"
  • Decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods.
  • Provide with decoration.
    • usage: "dress the windows"
  • Put a dressing on.
    • usage: "dress the salads"
  • Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of.
    • usage: "dress the plants in the garden"
  • Cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width.
  • Convert into leather.
    • usage: "dress the tanned skins"
  • Apply a bandage or medication to.
    • usage: "dress the victim's wounds"
  • Give a neat appearance to.
    • usage: "groom the dogs"; "dress the horses"
  • Arrange attractively.
    • usage: "dress my hair for the wedding"


  • Suitable for formal occasions.
    • usage: "formal wear"; "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes"
  • Of an occasion. ( requiring formal clothes)
    • usage: "a dress dinner"; "a full-dress ceremony"
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