Synonyms of dress in English:


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1‘he dressed quickly and ran out of the house’

put on clothes, don clothes, slip into clothes, clothe oneself, get dressed


2‘he was dressed in an expensive grey suit’

clothe, attire, garb, fit out, turn out, deck, deck out, trick out, trick up, costume, array, robe, accoutre
informal get up, doll up
literary bedizen
archaic apparel

3‘they used to dress for dinner every day’

wear formal clothes, put on evening dress, dress up
change, change one's clothes

dress informally, dress down

4‘she'd enjoyed dressing the tree and singing carols’

decorate, adorn, ornament, trim, deck, bedeck, embellish, beautify, prettify, array, festoon, garland, rig, drape
garnish, furbish, enhance, grace, enrich
informal trick out, tart up
literary furbelow

5‘they took him in and dressed his wounds’

bandage, cover, bind, bind up, wrap, swaddle, swathe
British plaster, put a plaster on

6‘she still had the chickens to dress’

prepare, get ready, make ready

7‘the field was dressed with manure’

fertilize, add fertilizer to, feed, enrich, manure, mulch, compost, top-dress

8‘it takes two days to dress a pair of millstones’

smooth, polish, gloss, level, face

9‘Patrick dressed Michelle's hair in a sculptured style’

style, groom, arrange, comb, brush, do, put in order, straighten, adjust, preen, primp
informal fix

10‘the battalion dressed its ranks with precision’

line up, put in line, align, straighten, arrange, put into order, dispose, set out, get into columns, get into rows
fall in


1‘she had on a long blue dress’

frock, gown, robe, shift

2‘at ten o'clock Morton put on full evening dress’

clothes, clothing, garments, attire, costume, outfit, ensemble, garb, turnout
finery, regalia
informal gear, get-up, togs, duds, garms, glad rags, schmutter
British informal clobber, kit, rig-out
North American informal threads
formal apparel, habiliment, raiment
archaic vestments


    dress up

    1‘Angela loved dressing up’

    dress smartly, dress formally, wear evening dress
    informal doll oneself up, dress to the nines, put on one's glad rags

    dress casually, dress down

    2‘Hugh was dressed up as Santa Claus’

    disguise oneself, dress
    put on fancy dress, wear a costume, put on a disguise, wear disguise
    dress something up

    ‘tabloids make their money by dressing up the prejudices of their readers as informed opinion’

    present, represent, portray, depict, characterize
    embellish, enhance, touch up, embroider, gloss, adorn
    ginger up
    informal jazz up
    dress down

    ‘she was dressed down in a T shirt and torn jeans’

    dress informally, dress casually, be untidy
    informal slob around

    dress up, dress smartly

    dress someone down

    ‘the president dressed down the media during the press conference’

    reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambast, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, lecture, criticize, censure
    British haul over the coals
    informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
    British informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
    North American informal chew out, ream out
    Australian informal monster
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking, tear someone a new arsehole, rip someone a new arsehole
    North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass, tear someone a new asshole, rip someone a new asshole
    dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    rare reprehend, objurgate

    praise, commend, compliment