I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French drescer, dresser to direct, put right, Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus direct, past participle of dirigere to direct, from dis- + regere to lead straight — more at right Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to make or set straight b. to arrange (as troops) in a straight line and at proper intervals 2. to prepare for use or service; specifically to prepare for cooking or for the table <
dress a salad
3. to add decorative details or accessories to ; embellish 4. a. to put clothes on <
dress a child
b. to provide with clothing <
feed and dress a growing family
5. archaic dress down 6. a. to apply dressings or medicaments to <
dress a wound
b. (1) to arrange (as the hair) by combing, brushing, or curling (2) to groom and curry (an animal) c. to kill and prepare for market or for consumption — often used with out d. cultivate, tend; especially to apply manure or fertilizer to <
dress a field
e. to put through a finishing process; especially to trim and smooth the surface of (as lumber or stone) intransitive verb 1. a. to put on clothing b. to put on or wear formal, elaborate, or fancy clothes <
dress for dinner
2. of a food animal to weigh after being dressed — often used with out 3. to align oneself with the next soldier in a line to make the line straight II. noun Date: 1606 1. apparel, clothing 2. an outer garment (as for a woman or girl) usually consisting of a one-piece bodice and skirt 3. covering, adornment, or appearance appropriate or peculiar to a particular time 4. a particular form of presentation ; guise III. adjective Date: 1767 1. suitable for a formal occasion <
dress clothes
dress shoes
2. requiring or permitting formal dress <
a dress affair
3. relating to or used for a dress <
dress material

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dress — [dres] vt. dressed or drest, dressing [ME dressen, to make straight, direct < OFr drecier, to set up, arrange < VL * directiare < L directus: see DIRECT] 1. to put clothes on; clothe 2. to provide with clothing 3. to decorate; trim;… …   English World dictionary

  • Dress — Dress, v. i. 1. (Mil.) To arrange one s self in due position in a line of soldiers; the word of command to form alignment in ranks; as, Dress right, dress! [1913 Webster] 2. To clothe or apparel one s self; to put on one s garments; to pay… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • dress — UK US /dres/ noun [U] ► clothes of a particular type, especially those worn in a particular situation: »business/casual/formal dress »Nursing and biology students are expected to wear scrubs and other appropriate dress to work in a lab …   Financial and business terms

  • Dress — der; u. es, österr. auch die; , en <aus engl. dress »Kleidung« zu to dress »herrichten, aufmachen«; vgl. ↑dressieren> besondere Kleidung (z. B. Sportkleidung) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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  • DRESS —    Dress is a rich source of information on culture, gender, and attitudes to the body, as well as on related technologies such as textiles, over the full period of development of the Etruscans. In the early Orientalizing phase (circa 750 to 600… …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • dress — vb *clothe, attire, apparel, array, robe Antonyms: undress dress n *clothes, clothing, attire, apparel, raiment …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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