1) clo an outer garment for women and girls, consisting of bodice and skirt cut or sewn as one piece
2) clo clothing; apparel; garb
3) clo formal attire
4) a particular form of appearance; guise
5) zool. outer covering, as the plumage of birds
6) of or for a dress or dresses
7) clo of or for a formal occasion
8) clo requiring formal dress
9) to put clothing upon; clothe
10) clo
a) to decorate, esp. for display; trim:
to dress a store window[/ex]
b) to supply with accessories; adorn; embellish
11) clo to design clothing for or sell clothes to
12) clo to comb out and do up (hair)
13) coo to trim and remove the feathers or skin, viscera, etc., of (fowl, game, etc.), esp. as preparation for cooking
14) coo to garnish with a dressing:
to dress a salad with oil and vinegar[/ex]
15) clo bui to prepare or finish (a raw or unfinished product) by various processes, as by tanning (skins) or shaping (stone)
16) med to apply medication or a dressing to (a wound or sore)
17) to make straight; bring (troops) into line:
to dress ranks[/ex]
18) agr. to cultivate (land, fields, etc.)
19) to put on one's clothes
20) clo to put on or wear formal or fancy clothes:
to dress for dinner[/ex]
21) to come into line, as troops
22) to align oneself with the next soldier, marcher, dancer, etc., in line
23) phv dress down
a) to reprimand; scold
b) to dress informally or less formally
24) phv dress up
a) to put on one's best or fanciest clothing
b) to dress in costume or in the style of another person
c) to make more appealing or acceptable, as by omitting unpleasant features or details
Etymology: 1275–1325; ME < AF dresser, dresc(i)er, to arrange, prepare, OF drecier < VL *dīrēctiāre, der. of L dīrēctus direct

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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