dress up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"dress up" in British English

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dress up

phrasal verb with dress uk   us   /dres/ verb
to put on ​formalclothes for a ​specialoccasion: You don't need to ​dress up to go to the ​mall - ​jeans and a ​T-shirt are ​fine. to put on ​specialclothes in ​order to ​changeyourappearance: Little ​kids usually ​lovedressing up intheirmothers' ​clothes. He ​dressed up as a ​cowboy for the ​party.

dress-upnoun [U]

uk   us   US
putting on ​clothes and ​pretending to be something, or to be someone different: The ​kids were ​playing dress-up with ​theirmothers' ​shoes and ​hats.
(Definition of dress up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dress up" in American English

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dress up

phrasal verb with dress  us   /dres/ verb

dress up (WEAR FORMAL CLOTHES)

to ​wear more ​formalclothes than you usually ​wear: You don’t need to dress up for the ​party.

dress up

phrasal verb with dress  us   /dres/ verb

dress up (CHANGE APPEARANCE)

to ​changeyourappearance by ​wearingspecial or ​unusualclothes: The ​kids were all dressed up for the ​costumeparty.
(Definition of dress up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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