To dress up
Dress Dress (dr[e^]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dressed} (dr[e^]st) or {Drest}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dressing}.] [OF. drecier to make straight, raise, set up, prepare, arrange, F. dresser, (assumed) LL. directiare, fr. L. dirigere, directum, to direct; dis- + regere to rule. See {Right}, and cf. {Address}, {Adroit}, {Direct}, {Dirge}.] 1. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

At all times thou shalt bless God and pray Him to dress thy ways. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: Dress is used reflexively in Old English, in sense of ``to direct one's step; to address one's self.'' [1913 Webster]

To Grisild again will I me dresse. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) To arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align; as, to dress the ranks. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part. [1913 Webster]

4. To adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically: (a) To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready; as, to dress a slain animal; to dress meat; to dress leather or cloth; to dress or trim a lamp; to dress a garden; to dress a horse, by currying and rubbing; to dress grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them. [1913 Webster]

And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it. --Gen. ii. 15. [1913 Webster]

When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn incense. --Ex. xxx. 7. [1913 Webster]

Three hundred horses . . . smoothly dressed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Dressing their hair with the white sea flower. --Tennyson . [1913 Webster]

If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have dressed his censures in a kinder form. --Carlyle. (b) To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish. (c) To put in proper condition by appareling, as the body; to put clothes upon; to apparel; to invest with garments or rich decorations; to clothe; to deck. [1913 Webster]

Dressed myself in such humility. -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

Prove that ever Idress myself handsome till thy return. --Shak. (d) To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal. [1913 Webster]

{To dress up} or {To dress out}, to dress elaborately, artificially, or pompously. ``You see very often a king of England or France dressed up like a Julius C[ae]sar.'' --Addison.

{To dress a ship} (Naut.), to ornament her by hoisting the national colors at the peak and mastheads, and setting the jack forward; when dressed full, the signal flags and pennants are added. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Syn: To attire; apparel; clothe; accouter; array; robe; rig; trim; deck; adorn; embellish. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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