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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  • dressed — [drest] adj 1.) get dressed to put your clothes on ▪ Go and get dressed! 2.) having your clothes on or wearing a particular type of clothes ▪ Aren t you dressed yet? half/fully dressed ▪ She lay down fully dressed on the bed. smartly/well… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dressed — [ drest ] adjective * 1. ) wearing clothes of a particular type: dressed in: She was dressed in a black suit. dressed as: He went to the party dressed as a cowboy. well/badly/neatly etc. dressed: Emma was immaculately dressed. 2. ) someone who is …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dressed — adj. 1. same as {attired}. Syn: appareled, attired, clad, garbed, garmented, habilimented, robed. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] 2. covered with medication or a bandage; of wounds. Syn: bandaged. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] 3. trim and smooth; of lumber or stone. Syn …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dressed — dressed; un·dressed; …   English syllables

  • dressed — [[t]dre̱st[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ: usu v link ADJ If you are dressed, you are wearing clothes rather than being naked or wearing your night clothes. If you get dressed, you put on your clothes. He was fully dressed, including shoes... He went into his… …   English dictionary

  • dressed — adjective 1 get dressed to put your clothes on: Go and get dressed! 2 having your clothes on: Aren t you dressed yet? | fully dressed (=with all your clothes on) 3 wearing a particular type of clothes (+ in/as): The older woman was dressed in a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dressed */ — UK [drest] / US adjective 1) wearing clothes of a particular type dressed in: She was dressed in a black suit. dressed as: He went to the party dressed as a cowboy. well/badly/neatly etc dressed: Emma was immaculately dressed. 2) someone who is… …   English dictionary

  • dressed — [drest] adj 1) wearing clothes of a particular type She was dressed in a black suit.[/ex] a well dressed man[/ex] 2) someone who is dressed is wearing clothes Ant: undressed Just a minute, I m not dressed yet.[/ex] • get dressed to put your… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • dressed — adjective 1. dressed or clothed especially in fine attire; often used in combination (Freq. 9) the elegantly attired gentleman neatly dressed workers monks garbed in hooded robes went about oddly garmented professors robed in crimson tuxedo… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dressed — /drɛst/ (say drest) verb 1. past tense and past participle of dress. –phrase 2. (all) dressed up like a pox doctor s clerk, (derogatory) wearing clothes designed to impress but in reality are cheap and tasteless. 3. all dressed up, wearing one s… …   Australian English dictionary

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