Meaning of “dress” in the English Dictionary

"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.

More examples

  • She was wearing exactly the same dress as I was.
  • She was wearing a black and white spotted dress.
  • Her wardrobe was crammed full of dresses.
  • He's designed dresses for many celebrities, most famously the Queen.
  • The little pageboys were dressed in kilts and the bridesmaids in pink dresses.

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.

More examples

  • She often dresses in black .
  • "People round here dress so badly - except you, Justin, " she hastened to add.
  • It's an outdoor party, so dress informally.
  • Ben gets a lot of criticism from his parents about the way he dresses.
  • She dresses beautifully, don't you think?

dressadjective [ before noun ]

uk /dres/ us /dres/

(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:

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:

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)