To dress is to put on clothes, or to tend to a wound and cover it up properly so it will heal.(verb)
The definition of a dress is a one-piece garment consisting of a top and skirt that is usually worn by a woman.(noun)
A long formal garment worn at a prom is an example of a dress.
See dress in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME dressen, to make straight, direct < OFr drecier, to set up, arrange < VL *directiare < L directus: see direct
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verb dressed dressed, dress·ing, dress·es verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English dressen, to arrange, put on clothing
Origin: , from Old French drecier, to arrange
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *dīrēctiāre
Origin: , from Latin dīrēctus
Origin: , past participle of dīrigere, to direct; see direct. Word History: A dress is such a common article of modern attire that it is difficult to imagine that the word dress has not always referred to this garment. The earliest noun sense of dress, recorded in a work written before 1450, was “speech, talk.” This dress comes from the verb dress, which goes back through Old French drecier, “to arrange,” and the assumed Vulgar Latin *dīrēctiāre to Latin dīrēctus, a form of the verb dīrigere, “to direct.” In accordance with its etymology, the verb dress has meant and still means “to place,” “to arrange,” and “to put in order.” The sense “to clothe” is related to the notion of putting in order, specifically in regard to clothing. This verb sense then gave rise to the noun sense “personal attire” as well as to the specific garment sense. The earliest noun sense, “speech,” comes from a verb sense having to do with addressing or directing words to other people.
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