1. To put clothes on; clothe.
2. To furnish with clothing.
3. To decorate or adorn:
dress a Christmas tree.
4. To arrange a display in:
dress a store window.
5. To arrange (troops) in ranks; align.
6. To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to (a wound).
7. To arrange and groom (the hair), as by styling, combing, or washing.
8. To groom (an animal); curry.
9. To cultivate (land or plants).
10. To clean (fish or fowl) for cooking or sale.
11. To trim and finish the surface of:
dress a plank.
12. To put on clothes.
13. To wear clothes of a certain kind or style:
14. To wear formal clothes:
dress for dinner.
15. To get into proper alignment with others:
The troops dressed on the squad leader.
16. Clothing; apparel.
17. A style of clothing:
folk dancers in peasant dress.
18. A one-piece outer garment for women or girls.
19. Outer covering or appearance; guise:
an ancient ritual in modern dress.
20. Suitable for formal occasions:
21. Requiring formal clothes:
a dress dinner.
22. To scold; reprimand:
I was dressed down by the teacher for lateness.
23. To wear informal clothes, befitting an occasion or location:
I dressed down for such a casual occasion.
24. To wear formal or fancy clothes:
They dressed up and went to the prom.
25. To display the ensign, signal flags, and bunting on a ship.
26. Middle English dressen [to arrange, put on clothing]
中古英语 dressen [布置，着装]
27. from Old French drecier [to arrange]
源自 古法语 drecier [布置]
28. from Vulgar Latin *dorecti3re
源自 俗拉丁语 *dorecti3re
30. A dress is such a common article of modern attire that it is difficult to imagine that the word dress at one time did not refer to such a thing. The earliest sense of dress, recorded in a work written before 1450, was “speech, talk.” The relationship of our modern sense to this early sense is explained by the fact that the noun dress comes from the verb dress, which goes back through Old French drecier, “to arrange,” and the assumed Vulgar Latin dorecti3re to Latin dorectus, a form of the verb dorigere, “to direct.” In accordance with its etymology the verb dress has meant or still means “to place,” “to arrange,” and “to put in order.” The sense “to clothe” is related to the notion of putting in order, specifically in regard to clothing. This verb sense then gave rise to the noun sense “personal attire”as well as to the important garment sense, which has made the fortune of many a fashion designer. The earliest noun sense, “speech,” comes from a verb sense having to do with addressing or directing words to other people.
衣服是现代服饰中相当普通的物件，很难想象dress 一词一度并不指衣服。 根据写于1450年以前的一本书记载dress 的最早含义是“说话，谈话。” 我们的现代含义与这一早期含义的关系可由以下事实解释：名词dress 来源于动词 dress ， 动词dress又可追溯到古法语drecier， “安排”， 与假定的拉丁俗语directiaer 乃至拉丁语 directus， 该拉丁词是动词dirigere “引导”的一种形式。 按照其词源动词dress 曾经并仍意为“放置”，“安排”与“使有序”。 “着衣”一义与使有序的意思有关，特别是有关衣物时，该动词意义又产生了名词意义“个人服饰”，以及使许多服装设计师大发其财的正式礼服的意义。最早的名词含义，“说话”来自于有关与其它人说话的动词意义