dress for

dress for (someone or something)

1. To wear certain clothes in order to make someone else happy. I'm sorry, mom, but I'm 25 years old—I can't dress for you anymore!
2. To wear clothing that is appropriate for a specific occasion or outcome (as in the phrase "dress for success"). OK, you're dressed for a trip to the mall, not a formal event. I dressed for success in a suit and tie, but I don't think the recruiter was very impressed with me.
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dress for someone

to clothe oneself to please someone. I don't dress for you! Don't tell me how I should look! Sally says she dresses for her friends, but she really dresses for herself.
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dress for something

to clothe oneself suitably for some occasion or activity, or for success. Finally, I learned to dress for success. I can wear my tuxedo if you want me to dress for the formal dinner.
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References in classic literature ?
My dear Percerin," said D'Artagnan, "you will make a dress for the baron.
Harris said that, as an object to hang over a flower-bed in early spring to frighten the birds away, he should respect it; but that, considered as an article of dress for any human being, except a Margate nigger, it made him ill.
The mark never came out, and a stain was left on the dress for ever.
Do you think she'd be offended if we offered to lend her a dress for Thursday?
What did you put on that good new dress for, on a school day, without permission?
She's going to a dance, and she's got the sweetest dress for it -- creamy yellow silk and cobwebby lace.
When the bride heard of this, she came and begged for the dress, and wanted to buy it, saying that it was not a dress for a serving-maid.
What they've done instead is come up with a basic standard of dress for all students.
The central marketing vehicle is a unique multi-page, tabloid-size consumer magazine that takes a humorous look at the traditional way of dress for the office -- the suit and tie -- and juxtaposes it with what people really want: comfort and individuality.
Estelle's is committed to helping you find the perfect dress for any occasion in its 37,000 square foot megastore.
And a woman in her 40s just came in and bought a dress for an evening out,'' said Donna Waddell, co-manager of the thrift shop, operated through the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation.
Estelle Schlossberg, owner of Estelle's Dressy Dresses in Farmingdale, says, "We are so happy that Newsday readers choose our La Femme dress for Kat.
Los Angeles designer Eduardo Lucero, who got a lot of press at the Oscars this year when he dressed Gillian Anderson in a gown that dipped so low in back that her g-string was exposed, already had designed a provocative cocktail dress for ``The Practice'' co-star Marla Sokoloff.
Women searching for the a short party dress for a formal party or evening affair have more than a hundred different styles to choose from, in sizes and price ranges to fit all needs and budgets.
2) A teen-ager with the Penny Lane social services agency tries on a dress for tonight's prom.