Definition of "dress" []

  • To put clothes on; clothe. (verb-transitive)
  • To furnish with clothing. (verb-transitive)
  • To decorate or adorn: dress a Christmas tree. (verb-transitive)
  • To garnish: dressed the side dish with parsley. (verb-transitive)
  • To arrange a display in: dress a store window. (verb-transitive)
  • To put clothes on (oneself or another); attire (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To change one's clothes (verb)
  • To wear formal or evening clothes (verb)
  • To provide (someone) with clothing; clothe (verb)
  • To arrange merchandise in (a shop window) for effective display (verb)
  • To comb out or arrange (the hair) into position (verb)
  • To apply protective or therapeutic covering to (a wound, sore, etc) (verb)
  • To prepare (food, esp fowl and fish) for cooking or serving by cleaning, trimming, gutting, etc (verb)
  • To put a finish on (the surface of stone, metal, etc) (verb)
  • To till and cultivate (land), esp by applying manure, compost, or fertilizer (verb)
  • To prune and trim (trees, bushes, etc) (verb)
  • To groom (an animal, esp a horse) (verb)
  • To convert (tanned hides) into leather (verb)
  • To spay or neuter (an animal) (verb)
  • To tie (a fly) (verb)
  • To bring (troops) into line or (of troops) to come into line (esp in the phrase dress ranks) (verb)
  • A one-piece garment for a woman, consisting of a skirt and bodice (noun)
  • Complete style of clothing; costume (noun)
  • Suitable or required for a formal occasion (noun)
  • The outer covering or appearance, esp of living things (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dress" in a sentence
  • "But usage inclines to the adding of the apostrophe and _s_ (_'s_) even if the singular noun does end in an _s_ sound; as, _Charles's book, Frances's dress, the mistress's dress_."
  • "*checks new dress in meeror, frowns, removes furnace filter from back of dress*"
  • "As you no doubt know, a dress is such a common article of modern attire, generally a one-piece outer garment for women or girls, that it is difficult to imagine that the word dress has not always referred to this garment."