Meaning of “dress up” in the English Dictionary

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"dress up" in American English

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dress up

phrasal verb with dress us /dres/ verb

(WEAR FORMAL CLOTHES)

to wear more formal clothes than you usually wear:

You don’t need to dress up for the party.

dress up

phrasal verb with dress us /dres/ verb

(CHANGE APPEARANCE)

to change your appearance by wearing special or unusual clothes:

The kids were all dressed up for the costume party.

(Definition of “dress up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)