from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Informal An outfit or costume.
  • noun Printing Arrangement and production style, as of a magazine or book.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Equipment; dress; appearance; style.
  • noun The general manner or style of production; external appearance or qualities: as, the get-up of the book is excellent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. General composition or structure; manner in which the parts of a thing are combined; arrangement; format; make-up; style of dress, etc.
  • noun informal A set of clothing (with accessories); ; -- often used with implied disapproval or scorn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun informal A costume or outfit, especially one that is ostentatious or otherwise unusual.
  • noun informal A fight or altercation.
  • noun publishing Layout and production style, as of a magazine.
  • noun Alternative form of get-up-and-go.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a set of clothing (with accessories)
  • verb put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
  • verb study intensively, as before an exam
  • verb get up and out of bed
  • verb rise to one's feet
  • verb develop
  • verb raise from a lower to a higher position
  • verb arrange by systematic planning and united effort
  • verb cause to rise


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