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.

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Trudeau said indigenous wildlife, like deer and pronghorn, move more quickly across the landscape and don’t denude it in the way cows do. azcentral, "Arizona charges less than almost anyone else to graze cattle. Public schools miss out on the money," 7 July 2019 Likewise, vegetation must be trimmed from around poles and lines, the commission said, but utilities plant removal should conform to a plan that won’t denude whole areas and create unintended environmental consequences. Julie Cart, The Mercury News, "Are California utilities doing enough to fireproof their equipment?," 1 July 2019 Puerto Rico fell off many travelers’ radars after Hurricane Maria tortured the island in September 2017, wiping out thousands of lives and homes, denuding flora and laying waste to the power grid—and the recovery has been difficult. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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