book

 

Learn English  
  Blue Level  
  Red Level  
  Yellow Level  
  Green Level  
  Purple Level  
  Orange Level  
  Violet Level  
  Video Lessons  
  Links  
  American Speech  
  Chat  
  How to Learn  
  Vocabulary  
  U.S. Citizenship  
  Reading  

 


 


 March 18, 2012 - Word of the Day: dress

To put on clothes is to "dress." This is a simple yet important verb to learn. The meaning of "dress" can change a little, depending on the situation in which it's used.

  • Mary dressed and left the house for work. (She put on clothes.)
  • Mary got dressed and left the house for work at 7:30 a.m. (Notice that the verb "get" is often used with "dressed" for putting on clothes.)
  • Mary gets dressed up for work every day.

The verb "dress" is also similar to the verb "wear."

  • How was she dressed? (What was she wearing?)
  • Is that how you dress for work? (Is that what you wear for work?)
  • Nathan is dressed in jeans and a t-shirt today. (He's wearing jeans and a t-shirt today.)
  • He dresses very casually. (He wears casual clothes.)

By adding the preposition "up" after "dress," you describe the occasion or the reason for dressing:

  • We got dressed up for the wedding. The men wore suits and the women wore dresses.
  • Alan rarely dresses up for work. He usually just wears casual clothes.
  • What are you all dressed up for?
  • Tina dressed up as a witch for Halloween. (dress up as = put on a costume.)

You can use "dress" or "well-dressed" as an adjective to describe formal clothing:

  • I need to buy a pair of dress shoes that will match this suit.
  • That store sells men's and women's dress suits. (It's not necessary to use "dress" in front of suit, but sometimes the word appears there as an adjective.)
  • A well-dressed man came into the store to buy a gift for his niece. (well-dressed = nicely dressed.)
  • She's always very well dressed.

The word "dressy" can also be used an adjective:

  • Lucinda wears clothes that are a little too dressy for the office. (The clothes don't fit the situation--they're too nice.)
  • Everyone looks so dressy today! What's the occasion?

 

Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

© 2012 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.