(noun, adjective, verb)


1. suitable for formal occasions

- a full-dress uniform

- dress shoes

Similar word(s): formal

2. (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes

- a dress dinner

- a full-dress ceremony

Similar word(s): formal


1. a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice

Similar word(s): frock

Definition categories: man–made

2. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

- battle dress

Similar word(s): attire, garb

Definition categories: man–made, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

3. clothing in general

- fastidious about his dress

Similar word(s): apparel, clothes

Definition categories: man–made, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

Sentences with dress as a noun:

- Amy and Mary looked very pretty in their dresses.

- He came to the party in formal dress.


1. put on clothes

- we had to dress quickly

- dress the patient

- Can the child dress by herself?

Definition categories: body, change

2. provide with clothes or put clothes on

- Parents must feed and dress their child

Similar word(s): apparel, clothe, enclothe, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog

Definition categories: body, turn

3. put a finish on

- dress the surface smooth

Definition categories: contact, finish

4. dress in a certain manner

- She dresses in the latest Paris fashion

- he dressed up in a suit and tie

Definition categories: body, dress

5. dress or groom with elaborate care

- She likes to dress when going to the opera

Similar word(s): plume, preen, primp

Definition categories: body, attire, overdress, prink

6. kill and prepare for market or consumption

- dress a turkey

Definition categories: change, cook, fix, make, prepare, ready

7. arrange in ranks

- dress troops

Definition categories: motion, position

8. decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

Similar word(s): garnish, trim

Definition categories: creation, adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament

9. provide with decoration

- dress the windows

Similar word(s): decorate

Definition categories: contact, arrange

10. put a dressing on

- dress the salads

Definition categories: contact, apply

11. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

- dress the plants in the garden

Similar word(s): clip, crop, lop, prune, snip, trim

Definition categories: contact

12. cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width

Definition categories: contact, pare, trim

13. convert into leather

- dress the tanned skins

Definition categories: change, convert

14. apply a bandage or medication to

- dress the victim's wounds

Definition categories: body, treat

15. give a neat appearance to

- dress the horses

Similar word(s): curry, groom

Definition categories: body, beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

16. arrange attractively

- dress my hair for the wedding

Similar word(s): arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, set

Definition categories: body, groom, neaten

Sentences with dress as a verb:

- It was time to dress the windows for Christmas again.

- He was dressed in the latest fashions.

- 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

- Right, dress!