dress up

dress up

  1. (intransitive) To put on special or fancy clothes.
    Antonyms: dress down
    Everyone dressed up for the graduation ball.
    I want a job where I don't have to dress up.
  2. (intransitive, often with 'as') To put on a costume portraying oneself as a particular type of character or well-known person.
    We're having a party on Saturday, but you must dress up as a famous historical figure.
  3. (transitive) To decorate; to prettify.
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act III, Scene 1,
      Mistress, your father prays you leave your books,
      And help to dress your sister’s chamber up:
      You know to-morrow is the wedding-day.
  4. (transitive) To present in a favorable light.
    Synonyms: spin
    You can dress up that proposal however you want, it's still going to go over like a lead balloon.

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