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 Lots of candles and denuded Irish trees isn’t a plot. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 Lots of candles and denuded Irish trees isn’t a plot. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ puts the dread in dreadful," 30 Jan. 2020 In Wellfleet, at the mouth of the Herring River, swaths of cordgrass growing along the water’s edge are missing large patches, denuded down to the bare earth like craters., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Vast swaths, particularly along the banks of the Coosa River, were denuded of trees. al, "Alabama city still rebuilding a year after devastating tornado," 19 Jan. 2020 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

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Denude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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