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My fantasy life was very full. Certainly when I was a kid, I probably wanted to be an actor because I wanted to be a princess, or something magical, and get to dress up magically, and have the kind of life that I hadn't been born into, with magic powers or whatever, and live this wonderful idealised life.
Raquel Cassidy

Meaning of "dress up" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF DRESS UP

dress up play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DRESS UP

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Dress up is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb dress up in English.

WHAT DOES DRESS UP MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of dress up in the English dictionary

The first definition of dress up in the dictionary is to attire in one's best clothes. Other definition of dress up is to put fancy dress, disguise, etc, on, as in children's games. Dress up is also to improve the appearance or impression of.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DRESS UP

PRESENT

Present
I dress up
you dress up
he/she/it dresses up
we dress up
you dress up
they dress up
Present continuous
I am dressing up
you are dressing up
he/she/it is dressing up
we are dressing up
you are dressing up
they are dressing up
Present perfect
I have dressed up
you have dressed up
he/she/it has dressed up
we have dressed up
you have dressed up
they have dressed up
Present perfect continuous
I have been dressing up
you have been dressing up
he/she/it has been dressing up
we have been dressing up
you have been dressing up
they have been dressing up
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I dressed up
you dressed up
he/she/it dressed up
we dressed up
you dressed up
they dressed up
Past continuous
I was dressing up
you were dressing up
he/she/it was dressing up
we were dressing up
you were dressing up
they were dressing up
Past perfect
I had dressed up
you had dressed up
he/she/it had dressed up
we had dressed up
you had dressed up
they had dressed up
Past perfect continuous
I had been dressing up
you had been dressing up
he/she/it had been dressing up
we had been dressing up
you had been dressing up
they had been dressing up
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will dress up
you will dress up
he/she/it will dress up
we will dress up
you will dress up
they will dress up
Future continuous
I will be dressing up
you will be dressing up
he/she/it will be dressing up
we will be dressing up
you will be dressing up
they will be dressing up
Future perfect
I will have dressed up
you will have dressed up
he/she/it will have dressed up
we will have dressed up
you will have dressed up
they will have dressed up
Future perfect continuous
I will have been dressing up
you will have been dressing up
he/she/it will have been dressing up
we will have been dressing up
you will have been dressing up
they will have been dressing up
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would dress up
you would dress up
he/she/it would dress up
we would dress up
you would dress up
they would dress up
Conditional continuous
I would be dressing up
you would be dressing up
he/she/it would be dressing up
we would be dressing up
you would be dressing up
they would be dressing up
Conditional perfect
I would have dress up
you would have dress up
he/she/it would have dress up
we would have dress up
you would have dress up
they would have dress up
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been dressing up
you would have been dressing up
he/she/it would have been dressing up
we would have been dressing up
you would have been dressing up
they would have been dressing up
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you dress up
we let´s dress up
you dress up
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to dress up
Past participle
dressed up
Present Participle
dressing up
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DRESS UP

dress circle
dress coat
dress code
dress designer
dress down
dress form
dress length
dress parade
dress rehearsal
dress sense
dress shield
dress ship
dress shirt
dress shoes
dress suit
dress uniform
dress-down day
dress-down Friday
dressage
dressed

WORDS THAT END LIKE DRESS UP

all ends up
bottoms up
grass up
gross up
heads up
one´s number is up
pass up
pull one´s socks up
something´s up
the game is up
thumbs up
toss up
when the balloon goes up

Synonyms and antonyms of dress up in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «dress up» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DRESS UP

Find out the translation of dress up to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of dress up from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «dress up» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

精心打扮
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ponerse elegante
570 millions of speakers

English

dress up
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ड्रेस अप
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَتَأَنَّقُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

наряжаться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

vestir-se bem
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পোশাক পরিধান করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

s’habiller bien
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berdandan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

feinmachen (sich)
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

盛装する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

잘 차려입다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

macak
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ăn diện
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

உடை அணிந்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अप वेषभूषा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Giyinmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

vestirsi in modo elegante
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wystroić
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

вбиратися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a se găti
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

βάζω τα καλά μου
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

aantrek
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

klä ut (sig)
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pynte (seg)
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of dress up

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DRESS UP»

The term «dress up» is very widely used and occupies the 13.858 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DRESS UP» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about dress up

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10 QUOTES WITH «DRESS UP»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word dress up.
1
Coco Austin
I'd love to have a little Coco if I could have my way. I always dress up my dogs and they probably hate me for it, so it would be nice to dress up a human being.
2
Fantasia Barrino
I like to play dress up, I'm in love with fashion.
3
James Bay
I used to dress up like Michael Jackson. I didn't have the glove, but I had a red jacket like in 'Thriller.'
4
Simon Bird
I like to dress up and look nice. I'm not quite at the stage yet financially to do that too often, but it's nice to push the boat out a little bit for award ceremonies and stuff.
5
Cilla Black
I remember one day my son, our Robert, was looking at me on the settee and looking at me on the television, and then all of a sudden he said: 'Why don't you bring that pretty mummy home with you?' And I thought: 'Oh dear, I'm going to have to dress up at home now as well!'
6
Alana Blanchard
If I went to a regular job, if I was a secretary or something, I'd want to look good. I'd dress up for that part.
7
Orlando Bloom
I got to dress up in funny clothes and run around New Zealand with a bow and arrow for 18 months, how bad could that be?
8
Raquel Cassidy
My fantasy life was very full. Certainly when I was a kid, I probably wanted to be an actor because I wanted to be a princess, or something magical, and get to dress up magically, and have the kind of life that I hadn't been born into, with magic powers or whatever, and live this wonderful idealised life.
9
Daniel Craig
I've always loved to dress up a bit and show off.
10
Tony Curran
I have been very fortunate to be able to work and get the opportunity to play different roles. It's nice to do big studio pictures and then work in Glasgow on films like 'Red Road' and then dress up as a vampire or an alien. I think that's why a lot of people are actors - the versatility.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DRESS UP»

Discover the use of dress up in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to dress up and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Dress-Up Dolls Fashion Collection
Dress your own supermodel with over 160 press-out fashion pieces including wigs, clothes, shoes and accessories! There are four characters in the series to dress up and swap outfits.
Hinkler Books, Edited, 2006
2
From the Dress-up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating ...
At the heart of this book, though, are the evocative stories from teachers, students, and parents that Bryan has listened to over the span of her career, providing a personal reality to complement the explorations of this comprehensive work ...
Jennifer Bryan, 2012
3
Every-Day Dress-Up
A young girl imagines her own future as she puts on costumes and pretends to be great women from history, including Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Selina Alko, 2011
4
Annie and Snowball and the Dress-up Birthday
Annie and her pet bunny, Snowball, love living next door to Annie's favorite cousin, Henry and his dog, Mudge.
Cynthia Rylant, 2011
5
The Dress-Up Book
Presents ideas and instructions for designing and creating children's costumes, including those using cardboard boxes.
Jane Bull, 2006
6
Daisy the Dress-up Teddy Bear Paper Doll in Full Color
One delightful doll, 22 appealing costumes: quilted pants suit, pinafore dresses, corduroy slacks, matching sweater and print skirt, more, plus variety of accessories. 8 plates.
Ming-Ju Sun, 1990
7
Just Like My Mommy (Magnetic Dress-up Picture Book)
Sophistication meets imagination in this elegant new picture book by award-winning artist Agnese Baruzzi.
IKids, 2009
8
Most Excellent: Dress Up
Presents a variety of costumes for all types of occasions, suggesting how to design, make, and use them.
Moe Casey, 1997
9
Custom Slipcovers Made Easy: Weekend Projects to Dress Up ...
Then Custom Slipcovers Made Easy is for you! Author Elizabeth Dubicki walks you through the measuring, fitting and construction, step-by-step, to ensure you achieve the results you are looking for.
Elizabeth Dubicki, 2007
10
Dress-Up: A Sticker-Activity Storybook
Readers can help Ariel get ready for a grand ball, choose Cinderella's outfit for the day, and more. This sticker-activity book has been updated with four new backgrounds, eight new outfits, and new accessories. Includes 130 stickers.
Disney Book Group, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DRESS UP»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term dress up is used in the context of the following news items.
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Is MFA Boston's Monet Kimonos Dress Up Event An Insensitive …
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has cancelled their programme which allowed museum-goers to dress up in kimonos inspired by the well ... «ArtLyst, Jul 15»
2
Paula Deen's Son Wears Brownface to Dress Up as Ricky Ricardo
But it's quite telling that Bobby Deen's efforts to dress up as Ricky Ricardo pretty much only involved brownface, and a brown quite a few ... «Miami New Times, Jul 15»
3
Kids, pets dress up for contests
Tanner, dressed for basketball, stands between brothers Wade Gerberding, 14, left, and Adam Gerberding, 11, before the start of Tuesday's ... «Traverse City Record Eagle, Jul 15»
4
Karn and Shon to dress up as adults to participate in the archery …
However he and Shon to dress up as adults by standing on top of one another to participate in the competition. But as luck would have it, they ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
5
The Wodaabe wife-stealing festival where men dress up to take …
The Wodaabe wife-stealing festival: Stunning images from the world's vainest tribe where men dress up to take each other's women - and the ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
6
Red Sonja and Vampirella Want to Help Dress Up Your PlayStation 4
There's nothing more depressing than an underdressed PlayStation 4 dashboard. Well, I suppose there are a few other things more crushingly ... «Dread Central, Jul 15»
7
Outrage at Museum of Fine Arts Boston over Disgraceful “Dress Up
The museum has invited visitors to dress up in a kimono in front of Claude Monet's 1876 painting La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese ... «artnet News, Jul 15»
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Never dress up mere opinions as facts
“Do you think Dubai has a stable future?” asked one of the fellow diners as we were getting ready to step away from the table, feeling stuffed after a delicious ... «gulfnews.com, Jul 15»
9
Mary Poppins Festival: Fans of PL Travers dress up and flock to …
Thousands of people in southern Queensland have flocked to the birthplace of author PL Travers to celebrate her most famous work, Mary ... «ABC Online, Jul 15»
10
How to Dress Up that Dog
COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — It's a doggone good time in the Poconos as Newswatch 16 teams up with some pros with ideas to grill, dress up, ... «wnep.com, Jul 15»

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