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un·​dress ən-ˈdres How to pronounce undress (audio)
undressed; undressing; undresses

transitive verb

: to remove the clothes or covering of : divest, strip

intransitive verb

: to take off one's clothes : disrobe


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: informal dress: such as
: a loose robe or dressing gown
: ordinary dress compare full dress
: the state of being undressed

Examples of undress in a Sentence

Verb She undressed and climbed into bed. She undressed the children for bed.
Recent Examples on the Web
Linker writes that for many male students, particularly those who had military training, undressing for the camera was no biggie. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 On them, investigators discovered videos of naked women — and children — undressing in the bathroom, according to the complaint. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 5 Mar. 2024 In response to questions, Meta Platforms Inc. also began blocking key words associated with searching for undressing apps. Margi Murphy, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2023 For instance, since the beginning of this year, the number of links advertising undressing apps increased more than 2,400% on social media, including on X and Reddit, the researchers said. Margi Murphy, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2023 In the middle of the dance floor there's a little, like, podia, little stages that are maybe 30 centimeters high, that people would jump on and then start dancing, start undressing, start screaming. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Dec. 2023 Meanwhile, the other options show her posing on a chair wearing a sweet white ensemble and loafers, in a field shrouded in greenery and in the midst of undressing in a tent. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 11 Dec. 2023 In September alone, 24 million people visited undressing websites, according to the social network analysis company Graphika. Margi Murphy, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2023 In August, a man was sentenced to 16 years in prison after admitting to chatting with approximately 1,000 minors on Omegle and recording many of them undressing. WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023
Then the men turned to the girl, her mother said, ordering her to undress for a search, too. Assault, robbery and rape have long been a grim risk of migrant journeys around the globe. Julie Turkewitz Federico Rios, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 As an infant, trapped inside a woman’s body, Waddington decided showing various stages of undress and looks that seemed thrown together worked best to reflect that. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 Despite being an object of the doctors’ desire and often appearing in various stages of undress, the nurse reacts to the at-times bizarre proceedings from a cool-eyed distance. Mark Schilling, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 Nice to see a 15 year old undress the GOP presidential candidates. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 Here was another performance of physical and psychic undress in exchange for a modicum of power. Hannah Zeavin, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 Multiple victims had been approached near their cars, where Nicholas would strike up conversation with them, pull a knife, order them to undress and rape them. Lauren Clark, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 Images on social media show Israeli soldiers in states of dress and undress, apparently dead in the dirt, and Hamas fighters celebrating the destruction of armored vehicles and the looting of lighter ones. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2023 So much of it: A teenage couple undresses in the college library. Claire Beermann, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of undress was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Undress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undress. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
un·​dress ˌən-ˈdres How to pronounce undress (audio)
: to remove the clothes or covering of : strip, disrobe


2 of 2 noun
: ordinary dress
: a state of nudity

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