1 piece of clothing
ADJ. ankle-length, full-length, long | short | skimpy | clinging, figure-hugging, tight, tight-fitting | loose-fitting, shapeless | full-skirted | backless, high-necked, low-cut, off-the-shoulder, revealing, sleeveless, strapless | slinky | cotton, silk, etc. | day, evening, Sunday | ball, cocktail, dinner, maternity, party, wedding
VERB + DRESS zip (up) | unzip | hitch up, lift, pull up She hitched up her long dress so it wouldn't drag in the mud. | pull down | smooth She sat down and smoothed her dress over her legs.
DRESS + NOUN material | shop | designer | size
PREP. in a/the ~ She appeared in a slinky satin dress. > Special page at CLOTHES
2 clothes for either men or women
ADJ. ceremonial, formal | casual, informal | correct | evening | modern | period | national, traditional He was wearing traditional Scottish dress. | fancy | battle, military | civilian
DRESS + NOUN code The club has a strict dress code. | sense He's got poor dress sense. | shirt | uniform in full dress uniform
PREP. in … ~ a performance of ‘Hamlet’ in modern dress
1 put on clothes
ADV. hurriedly, quickly | slowly | carefully
PREP. 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
ADV. beautifully, elegantly, fashionably, immaculately, impeccably, neatly, nicely, smartly, well Susan always dresses very elegantly. She was determined to be the best dressed woman at the wedding. | badly, poorly, shabbily | appropriately, suitably | unsuitably | decently, properly, respectably | improperly | plainly, simply, soberly | ostentatiously, nattily, richly | casually | formally | expensively | warmly | scantily | identically The twins were dressed identically.
PREP. for I have to dress smartly for work. | in The women were all dressed in blue skirts and white blouses.