dis·​robe (ˌ)dis-ˈrōb How to pronounce disrobe (audio)
disrobed; disrobing; disrobes

intransitive verb

: to take off one's clothing

transitive verb

: to strip of clothing or covering

Examples of disrobe in a Sentence

She disrobed and stepped into the bathtub. the doctor instructed the patient to disrobe himself before the examination
Recent Examples on the Web Midway through the episode, Julia again disrobes in the frigid outdoors. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024 Aurelia disrobes into her underwear to jump into the frigid water and retrieve the pages. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 The incongruity is further heightened by the fact that the CCP, after invading Tibet in the 1950s, was responsible for destroying nearly all of Tibet’s approximately 6,000 Tibetan monasteries and nunneries and disrobing almost all its monks and nuns. Lobsang Sangay, Foreign Affairs, 6 Nov. 2023 While disrobing, Guz went to unclasp his crucifix necklace. James Verini Paolo Pellegrin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 As his teammates around him disrobed and walked to the showers, Herbert sat in front of his locker and stared at the ground. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 Visitors are free to disrobe on the northern third of the beach, and beach chair and umbrella rentals are available along with food and drinks, according to Miami-Dade County’s website. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 8 June 2023 Many of the victims were disrobed by their attackers, according to reports from the time. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 If the animal is wearing a coat or sweater, the officer may subject the pet to a pat down, but disrobing the animal is not necessary. Andrea Sachs, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Middle French desrober, from des- dis- + robe garment, from Old French

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of disrobe was in 1581

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“Disrobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrobe. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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