Can we use the verb "dress" without a direct object or should we only use the phrasal-verb "dress up"? How different are these two sentences?
- I dressed and came out.
- I dressed up and came out.
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No object is needed:
I shall dress before breakfast
I shall dress up for dinner
means you will wear something formal or fancy.
There is a similar use of up with the verb talk:
I shall talk about our plan
says the plan will be discussed, whereas
I shall talk up our plan
says you will be using your talking skills to promote your plan.