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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydress up
he/she/itdresses up
present participledressing up
past tensedressed up
past participledressed up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to put on clothes that make you look like someone else, for fun
    dress up as:

    They had dressed up as princes and princesses.

    1. a.
      [transitive] dress someone up to put clothes on someone so that they look like someone else, for fun

      For her birthday party, they had dressed her up as a fairy.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to put on clothes that are more formal than the clothes you usually wear

    Jonah had obviously made an effort to dress up for the occasion.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to make something seem more impressive than it really is

    He tries to dress it up, but he’s basically a waiter.

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