de·​nude | \ di-ˈn(y)üd How to pronounce denude (audio) , dē- \
denuded; denuding

Definition of denude

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of something important
2a : to strip of all covering or surface layers
b : to lay bare by erosion
c : to strip (land) of forests

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Other Words from denude

denudation \ ˌdē-​(ˌ)n(y)ü-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce denudation (audio) , ˌden-​yu̇-​ \ noun
denudement \ di-​ˈn(y)üd-​mənt How to pronounce denudement (audio) \ noun

Examples of denude in a Sentence

Excessive logging has denuded the hillside of trees.
Recent Examples on the Web Reducing deer and elk populations helps increase the numbers of other animals, such as birds and beavers, by allowing their denuded habitat and food sources to regenerate, the report said. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Competing interests leave Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts at a crossroads," 30 Dec. 2019 Republican senators should give Democrats the opportunity to denude themselves as calculating cheats and liars. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "The Case for a Full Senate Trial," 22 Dec. 2019 Morales tried to steal an election and now complains of a coup; conveys his resignation as a peacebuilding exercise while fomenting civil unrest; and purports to worship the planet while denuding it for electoral gain. Ryan C. Berg, National Review, "Morales’s Bolivia: Autocracy, Corruption, Waste," 25 Nov. 2019 Malls and businesses began pulling down their shutters upon hearing the news and panic buying broke out at several supermarkets as shoppers denuded the shelves of staples, fearing a weekend of unrest ahead. Time, "After Months of Unrest, Hong Kong Invokes Emergency Powers to Ban Face Masks," 4 Oct. 2019 The roads, curbs and water and sewer lines for the first 82 houses are nearly ready, spiraling up a hillside that has been denuded of trees. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "‘Keep the Hasidic Out’: A Small-Town Housing Showdown," 14 Aug. 2019 Cattle herders resort to the few remaining trees for animal fodder, denuding the landscape even further in a downward spiral of desertification. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 These caterpillars have denuded whole branches of my small tree! Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: The very hungry caterpillars and protecting the phlox," 15 Aug. 2019 Development has removed natural barriers to beach erosion by denuding beaches of plants that protect the dunes. John Christopher Fine,, "Rejoice as turtles make their return | Opinion," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of denude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denude

Middle English, from Latin denudare, from de- + nudus bare — more at naked

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The first known use of denude was in the 15th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Denude.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of denude

: to remove all the trees from (an area) or all the leaves from (a tree)


de·​nude | \ di-ˈnüd How to pronounce denude (audio) , -ˈnyüd \
denuded; denuding

Kids Definition of denude

: to make bare The tree was denuded of bark.

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