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"Get dressed" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "vestirse", and "dress up" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "ponerse elegante". Learn more about the difference between "get dressed" and "dress up" below.
get dressed(
gehd
 
drehst
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to put clothes on)
a. vestirse
I got up at 7 am and got dressed to go to work.Me levanté a las 7 am y me vestí para ir al trabajo.
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dress up(
drehs
 
ep
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to put on formal clothes)
a. ponerse elegante
I dressed up in my best suit for the interview.Me puse elegante en mi mejor traje para la entrevista.
b. vestirse de etiqueta
Everybody had dressed up for the special occasion.Todos se habían vestido de etiqueta para la ocasión especial.
2. (to put on a costume)
a. disfrazarse
For Halloween, I'm going to dress up as a nun.Para Halloween, me voy a disfrazar de monja.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to put on formal clothes)
a. poner elegante
If I don't dress up my boyfriend for your wedding, he'll show up wearing shorts and a T-shirt.Si no pongo elegante a mi novio para tu boda, va a ir con pantalones cortos y una camiseta.
4. (to put on a costume)
a. disfrazar
I am going to wear a thief costume and dress up my baby as a money bag.Me voy a poner un disfraz de ladrón y disfrazar a mi bebé de bolsa de dinero.
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