denude

verb
de·​nude | \di-ˈn(y)üd, 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, ˌden-​yu̇-​ \ noun
denudement \di-​ˈn(y)üd-​mənt \ noun

Examples of denude in a Sentence

Excessive logging has denuded the hillside of trees.

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Basra largely has been denuded of security forces other than police since 2014 as army units went north to fight ISIS. Kimberly Kagan And Frederick W. Kagan, WSJ, "The U.S. Can Defuse Iraq’s Crisis," 12 Sep. 2018 Hillsides around the camps have been denuded of trees, which has left the underlying soil vulnerable to landslides. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Rohingya 'living on sandcastles' as first monsoon rains hit fragile camps," 11 June 2018 Hillsides around the camps have been denuded of trees, which has left the underlying soil vulnerable to landslides. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Rohingya 'living on sandcastles' as first monsoon rains hit fragile camps," 11 June 2018 People in search of firewood for heat and cooking have denuded their hills, causing floods and droughts and making silt pile up at dams. New York Times, "South Korea Hands Kim Jong-un a Path to Prosperity on a USB Drive," 10 May 2018 That toll is only expected to grow as the next few months of torrential rains and high winds lash into the tent city, which is precariously perched on landslide-prone hills denuded of trees or in flood-prone lowlands. Laignee Barron, Time, "Landslides and Flooding Threaten 200,000 Rohingya Refugees as Monsoon Rains Lash Into Bangladesh Camps," 15 June 2018 Hillsides around the camps have been denuded of trees, which has left the underlying soil vulnerable to landslides. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Rohingya 'living on sandcastles' as first monsoon rains hit fragile camps," 11 June 2018 Hillsides were denuded by logging and streams and creeks had become polluted. Washington Post, "‘People’s forest’ marks 100 years, seeks new connections," 16 May 2018 Artillery, air strikes, and tank attacks had long since denuded the ridge of vegetation, but the surrounding hillsides and valleys were a jungle of trees and vines. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018

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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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denude

verb

English Language Learners Definition of denude

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

denude

verb
de·​nude | \di-ˈnüd, -ˈnyüd\
denuded; denuding

Kids Definition of denude

: to make bare The tree was denuded of bark.

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