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"dress" in British English

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dressnoun

uk   /dres/ us   /dres/
A1 [C] a piece of clothing for women or girls that covers the top half of the body and hangs down over the legs: a long/short dress a wedding dress
B2 [U] used, especially in combination, to refer to clothes of a particular type, especially those worn in particular situations: The king, in full ceremonial dress, presided over the ceremony.

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dressverb

uk   /dres/ us   /dres/
  • dress verb (PUT ON CLOTHES)

A2 [I or T] to put clothes on yourself or someone else, especially a child: My husband dresses the boys while I make breakfast. He left very early and had to dress in the dark.
B1 [I + adv/prep] to wear a particular type of clothes: I have to dress in a suit and tie for work. Patricia always dresses in black (= wears black clothes).
dress for dinner
to put on formal clothes for a meal: It's the type of hotel where you're expected to dress for dinner.

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  • dress verb (TREAT INJURY)

[T] to treat an injury by cleaning it and putting medicine or a covering on it to protect it: Clean and dress the wound immediately.

dressadjective [before noun]

uk   /dres/ us   /dres/
used to refer to men's suits, shirts, or other clothes of the type that are worn at formal occasions: a white dress shirt and bow tie
(Definition of dress from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dress" in American English

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dressnoun

us   /dres/
  • 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

dressverb

us   /dres/
  • 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.
(Definition of dress from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dress" in Business English

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dressnoun [U]

uk   /dres/ us  
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.
(Definition of dress from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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