dress


dress
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noun
1 piece of clothing
ADJECTIVE
beautiful, elegant, gorgeous
plain, simple

She looked elegant in a simple black dress.

ankle-length, floor-length, full-length, knee-length, long
short
skimpy
clinging, figure-hugging (esp. BrE), skintight, tight, tight-fitting
loose-fitting, shapeless
backless, halter (AmE), low-cut, off-the-shoulder, revealing, sleeveless, strapless
flowing, silky, slinky
floral, flowered (esp. AmE), flowery, frilly, sequinned/sequined, sparkly
cotton, silk, etc.
designer, fancy (AmE)
ball, cocktail, evening, party, prom (AmE)
bridesmaid (AmE), bridesmaid's (esp. BrE), wedding
communion
Easter
maternity
VERB + DRESS
unzip, zip, zip up
hitch up, lift, pull up

She hitched up her long dress so it wouldn't drag in the mud.

pull down
smooth, straighten

She sat down and smoothed her dress over her legs.

go with, match

The hat went with her new dress wonderfully.

rip, ruin, tear
DRESS + NOUN
shop
designer
size
PREPOSITION
in a/the dress

She appeared in a slinky satin dress.

2 clothes for either men or women
ADJECTIVE
ceremonial, formal
casual, informal
evening
modern
period
national, traditional

He was wearing traditional Scottish dress.

fancy (= clothes that make you appear to be a different character) (BrE)

the costumes worn at the fancy-dress ball

a fancy-dress shop

battle, military
civilian
DRESS + NOUN
code

The club has a strict dress code.

sense

He has poor dress sense.

coat (AmE), pants (AmE), shirt, shoes (AmE), suit
uniform

in full dress uniform

PREPOSITION
in … dress

a performance of ‘Hamlet’ in modern dress

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verb
1 put on clothes
ADVERB
hurriedly, quickly
slowly
carefully
PREPOSITION
in

He dressed carefully in the brown suit he had been married in.

PHRASES
be fully dressed

She lay down on her bed, fully dressed.

get dressed

She got dressed quickly.

2 wear clothes
ADVERB
beautifully, elegantly, fashionably, immaculately, impeccably, nattily (old-fashioned), neatly, nicely, smartly (esp. BrE), stylishly, well

Susan always dresses very elegantly.

She was determined to be the best dressed woman at the wedding.

badly, poorly, shabbily
appropriately, suitably
inappropriately
decently, modestly, properly
conservatively, plainly, simply, soberly
professionally (esp. AmE)

She was dressed professionally in a business suit.

formally
casually
expensively
flamboyantly, ostentatiously, richly
provocatively, scantily
warmly
alike, identically, similarly

The twins were dressed identically.

differently

She began to act and dress differently.

PREPOSITION
as

The waiters were dressed as clowns.

for

I have to dress smartly for work.

in

The women were all dressed in blue skirts and white blouses.

like

Why does she always dress like a boy?

PHRASES
dress to the nines (esp. AmE), dress up to the nines (BrE)

She always dresses (up) to the nines.

Dress is used with these nouns as the object: ↑cut, ↑salad, ↑timber, ↑wound

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Dress-up — is a game played mainly by children. It involves dressing up, usually to impersonate someone or something, like an animal or character in a fairy tale. The type of clothes they dress up in often resembles who they are trying to be, either adults… …   Wikipedia

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  • dress|er — dress|er1 «DREHS uhr», noun. 1. a person who dresses (himself, another person, a shop window, or a wound): »the dresser for an actress. He…prided himself on being an immaculate dresser (Newsweek). 2. a tool or machine to prepare things for use.… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • dress|y — «DREHS ee», adjective, dress|i|er, dress|i|est. Informal. 1. fond of wearing showy clothes: »... especially the gangsters, who were always the dressiest of the lot (Atlantic) …   Useful english dictionary


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