To put clothes on; clothe. To furnish with clothing. To decorate or adorn: dress a Christmas tree. To garnish: dressed the side dish with parsley. To arrange a display in: dress a store window. To arrange (troops) in ranks; align. To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to (a wound). To arrange and groom (the hair), as by styling, combing, or washing. To groom (an animal); curry. To cultivate (land or plants). To clean (fish or fowl) for cooking or sale. To put a finish on (stone or wood, for example). To tan or prepare (a hide) in leather-making. To put on clothes. To wear clothes of a certain kind or style: dresses casually. To wear formal clothes: dress for dinner. To get into proper alignment with others: The troops dressed on the squad leader. Clothing; apparel. A style of clothing: folk dancers in peasant dress. A one-piece outer garment for women or girls. Outer covering or appearance; guise: an ancient ritual in modern dress. Suitable for formal occasions: dress shoes. Requiring formal clothes: a dress dinner. dress down To scold; reprimand: I was dressed down by the teacher for lateness. dress down To wear informal clothes, befitting an occasion or location: I dressed down for such a casual occasion.