denude

verb
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 denude (audio) , ˌden-​yu̇-​ \ noun
denudement \ di-​ˈn(y)üd-​mənt How to pronounce denude (audio) \ noun

Examples of denude in a Sentence

Excessive logging has denuded the hillside of trees.
Recent Examples on the Web The envelopes the ballots were sent in have already been discarded by one of Philadelphia’s 22 high-speed extractors, which together can denude 12,000 envelopes an hour. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Philly's Ballot-Counting Livestream Is the Only Thing Worth Watching Today," 4 Nov. 2020 The pandemic has also denuded many of life’s daily distractions that may have kept many people’s attention off of these issues, Bustelle and Prelli said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "How the pressure to reopen Ohio amid coronavirus pandemic avoids a chance to address longstanding inequity," 26 Apr. 2020 Far from serving as a breakdown of the vigilante mind, the paranoid style would appear to be a leading-edge mode of adaptation to a civically denuded world of siloed and commercially deformed information flows. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "What Richard Hofstadter Got Wrong," 16 Apr. 2020 In February, hindered by an unexpected failure to roll out diagnostic tests and an administration that had denuded itself of scientific expertise, the nation sat largely idle while the pandemic spread within its borders. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Our Pandemic Summer," 14 Apr. 2020 Curators at the Louvre denuded its walls of masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and its floors of priceless sculptures. New York Times, "‘Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best,’ by Neal Bascomb: An Excerpt," 17 Mar. 2020 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, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 Having denuded all other bases of authority and centered all power in his own personality and image, Putin has no way out. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Vladimir Putin Positions Himself to Become Russia’s Eternal Leader," 12 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denude. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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