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verb dress pronunciation in American English /dres/
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present tense
present participledressing
past tensedressed
past participledressed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to put on clothes. This verb is common in writing, but when you are speaking it is more usual to say that you get dressed

    It only took her ten minutes to shower and dress.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to put clothes on someone

      We wash the children and dress them for school.

      dress yourself:

      Our youngest boy can already dress himself.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to put on clothes of a particular type
      dress in:

      He tends to dress in dark colors.

      dress as:

      The nurses had decided to dress as clowns for Halloween.

    3. c.
      [transitive] to choose or design the clothes that someone wears

      He dresses many of Europe’s most glamorous women.

    4. d.
      [intransitive] to put on clothes that are appropriate for a particular occasion or event
      dress for:

      I would suggest that you dress for cold weather.

      They dressed for dinner every night (=put on formal clothes for the evening meal).

  2. 3
    [transitive] to add flavor to a salad by putting a mixture of liquids such as oil and lemon juice on it. The mixture is called a dressing.
  3. 4
    [transitive] to prepare something such as a chicken or crab (=an ocean animal) by cleaning it and taking out the parts that you cannot eat

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