There are 2 main definitions of dress down in English:

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Dress informally: Sue dressed down in old jeans and a white blouse
More example sentences
  • The same juvenile impulse that once inspired liberals to dress down as slobs now inspires them to assume the role of high school snobs.
  • Shooting one scene involved Terri - a girl whose idea of dressing down is four-inch heels and a plunging neckline - taking a tottering walk down the street.
  • Even if more companies are dressing down, I prefer to savour some things for my days off.
dress informally, dress casually
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Definition of dress down in:

There are 2 main definitions of dress down in English:


Syllabification: dress-down


Of or relating to dress that is informal or less formal than would be expected: his genius for casual, dress-down clothes at his company, ‘dress-down day’ lasts all week
More example sentences
  • I asked if this was some special dress-down day and they all looked at me as if I were insane.
  • The 28-year-old typically dresses in pants, button-down shirts, and sweaters for work, but says that many of her colleagues wrestle with their firm's current dress-down policy.
  • Forbes recently reported that the dress-down look is rapidly going out of fashion, with sales of high-end suits increasing by 30 per cent between 1999 and 2000.