Definition of dress up in English:

dress up

phrasal verb

  • 1Dress in smart or formal clothes.

    • ‘Young lads of about 15 or so, dressed up in their posiest clothes, and ultimately doing nothing.’
    • ‘Groups of girls dressed up in their best clothes and jewellery looked on approvingly at these displays of horsemanship.’
    • ‘People can take a picnic and either dress up and make it a smart occasion or come in jeans and a T-shirt.’
    • ‘However, they are very formal when they dress up for church services and important ceremonies.’
    • ‘When it came to the day we all got dressed up smart in our full uniform and just as it was time to leave our line manager pulled those of us attending aside.’
    • ‘Indian women seem to have it easy when it comes to dressing up for formal functions and special occasions.’
    • ‘I'm going at 2.30, which gives me much time to kill, and me all dressed up in smart clothes too.’
    • ‘They are essential for work or interviews when you need to dress up and look formal and professional.’
    • ‘We've gotten dressed up in itchy church clothes so we can be told to hate someone?’
    • ‘She read about fancy balls where people dress up in their nicest clothes and dance.’
    dress smartly, dress formally, wear evening dress
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    1. 1.1 Dress in a special costume for fun or as part of an entertainment.
      ‘he dressed up as a gorilla’
      • ‘Why not also dress up in forties clothes to really get into the spirit.’
      • ‘The event attracted hundreds of men and women who enjoyed dressing up in costumes from the war.’
      • ‘She said his loft was packed with toys and with clothes for the girls to dress up in.’
      • ‘This was the only blip in the whole day which had seen many locals dressing up in period costume, strolling around in the Summer heat.’
      • ‘Other ideas could see shopkeepers dress up in Victorian clothes for the day, on a similar style to Pickwick Night.’
      • ‘It will see the visiting children dressed up in 1940s style clothes carrying gas mask boxes.’
      • ‘Her coat was too big, so it made her seem like a little girl dressing up in her mother's clothes.’
      • ‘At Halloween, the other kids would dress up in superhero costumes to go trick or treating.’
      • ‘Market traders and shop assistants add to the atmosphere by dressing up in period costumes.’
      • ‘Staff at ASDA in Trowbridge will be dressing up in funky 70s clothing and holding a raffle of cuddly toys to help the cause.’
      disguise oneself, dress
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