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Synonyms of dress in English:


  • 1 he dressed quickly and ran out of the house
    put on clothes, don clothes, slip into clothes, clothe oneself, get dressed
    [Antonyms] undress, strip
  • 2 he was dressed in an expensive grey suit
    informalget up, doll up
  • 3 they used to dress for dinner every day
    wear formal clothes, put on evening dress, dress up;
    [Antonyms] dress informally, dress down
  • 4 she'd enjoyed dressing the tree and singing carols
    garnish, furbish, enhance, grace, enrich
    informaltrick out, tart up
  • 5 they took him in and dressed his wounds
    bandage, cover, bind (up), wrap, swaddle, swathe, plaster, put a plaster on
  • 6 she still had the chickens to dress
    prepare, get ready, make ready;
  • 7 the field was dressed with unrotted farmyard manure
    fertilize, add fertilizer to, feed, enrich, manure, mulch, compost, top-dress
  • 8 it takes two days to dress a pair of millstones
    smooth, polish, gloss, level, face
  • 9 Patrick dressed Michelle's hair in a sculptured style
    style, groom, arrange, comb, brush, do, put in order, straighten, adjust, preen, primp
  • 10 the battalion dressed its ranks with precision
    line up, put in line, align, straighten, arrange, put into order, dispose, set out, get into rows/columns;
    fall in
  • Phrases

    dress down

    she was dressed down in a T shirt and torn jeans
    [Antonyms] dress up, dress smartly
    dress informally, dress casually, be untidy
    informalslob around

    dress someone down

    informal the president dressed down the media during the press conference See reprimand (verb)

    dress up

  • 1 Angela loved dressing up
    dress smartly, dress formally, wear evening dress
    informaldoll oneself up, dress to the nines, put on one's glad rags
    [Antonyms] dress casually, dress down
  • 2 Hugh was dressed up as Santa Claus
    disguise oneself, dress;
    put on fancy dress, wear a costume, put on a disguise, wear disguise
  • dress something up

    tabloids make their money by dressing up the prejudices of their readers as informed opinion
    present, represent, portray, depict, characterize;
    embellish, enhance, touch up, embroider, gloss, adorn;
    informaljazz up


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  • 1 she had on a long blue dress
    frock, gown, robe, shift
  • 2 at ten o'clock Morton put on full evening dress
    finery, regalia
    informalgear, get-up, togs, duds, garms, glad rags, schmutter
    British informalclobber, kit, rig-out
    North American informalthreads
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