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Meaning of “dress” in the English Dictionary

"dress" in British English

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dressnoun

uk   us   /dres/
A1 [C] a ​piece of ​clothing for women or ​girls that ​covers the ​tophalf of the ​body and ​hangs down over the ​legs: a ​long/​short dress a ​wedding dressB2 [U] used, ​especially in ​combination, to refer to ​clothes of a ​particulartype, ​especially those ​worn in ​particularsituations: The ​king, in ​fullceremonial dress, ​presided over the ​ceremony.

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dressverb

uk   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 ​particulartype of ​clothes: I have to dress in a ​suit and ​tie for ​work. Patricia always dresses inblack (= ​wearsblackclothes).dress for dinner to put on ​formalclothes 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 ​woundimmediately.

dressadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /dres/
used to refer to men's ​suits, ​shirts, or other ​clothes of the ​type that are ​worn at ​formaloccasions: a ​white dress ​shirt and ​bowtie
(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 ​particulartype 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 ​wearclothes of a ​particulartype: [I] He always dresses ​neatly.
  • dress verb (ADD LIQUID TO SALAD)

[T] to ​add a ​liquidmixture, such as ​oil and ​vinegar, to a ​salad for ​additionalflavor
  • dress verb (TREAT INJURY)

[T] to ​treat an ​injury by ​cleaning it and putting ​medicine or a ​covering on it: A ​doctor in the ​emergencyroom 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   us   /dres/
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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