Dress comes from an Old French word that meant to arrange. In turn, that came from the Latin verb dirigere, to arrange or put in order. It shows up in a number of words.
• When you dress, you array yourself with suitable clothing.
• When you address a problem, you attempt to straighten things out, to right what is wrong.
• Dressage is the execution by a horse of precise movements in response to the directions of its rider.
• A dresser is a piece of furniture that holds arranged clothing.
• A hairdresser arranges the hair.
• When you redress a grievance, you are attempting to bring things back into proper order.
SIDEBAR: Dressage Daily
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Coming soon from McFarland & Co.: Word Parts Dictionary, 2nd edition