dress up

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dress up (third-person singular simple present dresses up, present participle dressing up, simple past and past participle dressed up)

  1. (intransitive) To wear fancy dress.
    Everyone dressed up for the graduation ball.
    I want a job where I don't have to dress up.
  2. (intransitive) To wear a costume.
    We're having a party on Saturday, but you must dress up as a famous historical figure.
  3. (transitive) To decorate; to prettify.
  4. (transitive) To present in a favorable light.


  • (present in a favorable light): spin


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