Dress a Christmas tree.
Dress a store window.
Folk dancers in peasant dress.
Dressed the side dish with parsley.
An ancient ritual in modern dress.
A dress dinner.
When you put on your pants and shoes, this is an example of a situation where you dress yourself.
When you put a bandage on a wound, this is an example of a situation where you dress the wound.
A long formal garment worn at a prom is an example of a dress.
Dress for dinner.
The troops dressed on the squad leader.
To dress a store window.
A dress suit.
A dress occasion.
I rose and dressed before daybreak. It's very cold out. Dress warm.
Does sir dress to the right or the left?
To dress leather or cloth; to dress a garden; to dress grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them.
To dress the ranks.
- To clean and eviscerate (a fowl, deer, etc.)
- To till, cultivate, or fertilize (fields or plants)
- To curry (a horse, leather, etc.)
- To smooth, finish, shape, etc. (stone, wood, etc.)
- To display the ensign, signal flags, and bunting on a ship.
- to scold severely; reprimand
- to wear casual clothes to an activity, job, etc. that ordinarily requires more formal dress
- to raise the ensign at each masthead and the flagstaff and, often, string signal flags over the mastheads from bow to stern
- to dress in formal clothes, or in clothes more elegant, showy, etc. than one usually wears
- to improve the appearance of, as by decorating
Other Word Forms
Origin of dress
- Middle English dressen to arrange, put on clothing from Old French drecier to arrange from Vulgar Latin dīrēctiāre from Latin dīrēctus past participle of dīrigere to direct direct
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old French dresser, drescer, drecier (“to erect, set up, arrange, dress”), from Medieval Latin * directiare, an assumed frequentive, from Latin directus (“ straight, direct”), perfect passive participle of dīrigō (“straighten, direct”), from dis- (“asunder, in pieces, apart, in two”) + regō (“make straight, rule”).