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dress

noun  /dres/ us  

dress noun (PIECE OF CLOTHING)

[C/U] a piece of clothing for a woman that covers the top of the body and part or all of the legs: [C] Cindy wore a black dress to the party. [C/U] Dress is also clothes of a particular type or style: [U] military dress

dress

verb  /dres/ us  

dress verb (PUT ON CLOTHES)

[I/T] to put clothes on yourself or someone else, esp. a child: [T] She dresses the kids for school every day. [I/T] To dress is also to wear clothes of a particular type: [I] He always dresses neatly.

dress verb (ADD LIQUID TO SALAD)

[T] to add a liquid mixture, such as oil and vinegar, to a salad for additional flavor

dress verb (TREAT INJURY)

[T] to treat an injury by cleaning it and putting medicine or a covering on it: A doctor in the emergency room dressed the wound.
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