1a one-piece garment for a woman or girl that covers the body and extends down over the legs: a white cotton dress [as modifier]:a dress designer
2 [mass noun] clothing of a specified kind for men or women:traditional African dress [as modifier] denoting military uniform or other clothing used on formal or ceremonial occasions:a dress suit 1 [no object] put on one’s clothes:Graham showered and dressed quickly I’ll go and get dressed [with adverbial] wear clothes in a particular way or of a particular type:she’s nice-looking and dresses well (be dressed)he was dressed in jeans and a thick sweater [with object] put clothes on (someone):they dressed her in a white hospital gown put on clothes appropriate for a formal occasion:we dressed for dinner every night 2 [with object] decorate (something) in an artistic or attractive way:she’d enjoyed dressing the tree when the children were little decorate (a ship) with flags for a special occasion. 3 [with object] treat or prepare (something) in a certain way, in particular: clean, treat, or apply a dressing to (a wound): she washed the wound and dressed it with fresh bandages clean and prepare (food, especially poultry or shellfish) for cooking or eating: (as adjective dressed)dressed crab add a dressing to (a salad): dress the salad with vinaigrette apply a fertilizer to (an area of ground or a plant): the field was dressed with unrotted farmyard manure complete the preparation or manufacture of (leather or fabric) by treating its surface in some way: leather that had been dressed with alum smooth the surface of (stone): (as adjective dressed)dressed Cotswold stone arrange or style (hair): Patrick dressed Michelle’s hair in a sculptured, Japanese-type style 4 [with object] Military draw up (troops) in the proper alignment. [no object] (of troops) come into proper alignment. 5(of a man) have the genitals habitually on one or the other side of the fork of the trousers:do you dress to the left?
6 [with object] make (an artificial fly) for use in fishing: (as adjective dressed)a dressed wet fly