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

Definition of undress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to take off one's clothes : disrobe



Definition of undress (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for undress

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of undress in a Sentence

Verb She undressed and climbed into bed. She undressed the children for bed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His process of undressing in the garage, heading straight for the shower and then sanitizing everything has become part of... Anne Michaud, WSJ, "After Working Through Lockdown, This Plumber’s Safety Protocols Are Now Standard," 27 May 2020 When, at a boozy house party in Georgetown, her husband asks her to undress in front of a group of Washington power brokers, Vee refuses — and, like Vashti, is banished. Jennifer Haigh, New York Times, "Multiple Women, Three Centuries, One Far-Reaching New Novel," 5 May 2020 Ken Burns likes to imagine Loretta Lynn undressing in the backseat of a car. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘Coal miner’s daughter in Custer, Washington’: Ken Burns documentary explores country music’s roots, reach," 10 Sep. 2019 Once, after undressing, Jurgensen walked back outside. Asher Montgomery, USA Today, "Unicorn spreads socially distant cheer in already quirky neighborhood," 17 Apr. 2020 Then, concerned that virus particles might linger in the tenant’s hair, the landlord directed her to undress in the garage, change into a bathrobe, walk quickly to her guest suite, and shower before using the common spaces. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, "Quarantine B&B: RVs join in to house Bay Area health care workers," 16 Apr. 2020 During her Miami concert, there was a video interlude where Billie discusses sexism while undressing. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish Opens Up About Backlash Over Her Bikini Pic: “I Can’t Win”," 13 Apr. 2020 More time goes by and finally a nurse comes out and takes me to a cold room and asks me to undress and put a thin gown on and wait for a doctor. Anna Lea Hand, Longreads, "If Miscarriage is So Normal, Why Doesn’t Anybody Talk About It?," 3 Mar. 2020 After taking her to his room, Weinstein undressed her, then climbed on top of her and raped her, Hast said. Alan Feuer, BostonGlobe.com, "Weinstein trial begins with vivid descriptions of several sexual attacks," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The annual event, which last year saw 10,000 participants in varying degrees of undress, is meant to protest against society's dependency on oil as well as promote cyclist safety and body positivity. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Organizers of Portland's Naked Bike Ride encourage participants to carry on by themselves," 5 May 2020 Upon investigating the vehicle, officers found 2 subjects, both under the age of 18, in the vehicle, in a state of undress. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 13 Apr. 2020 But Hahn, in various states of duress, undress and dawning possibility, has her own ways of turning generalizations into compelling specifics. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Mrs. Fletcher’ HBO review: Kathryn Hahn offers a bracing seriocomic lesson in continuing sex-ed," 25 Oct. 2019 The obscenity, cultural shame and taboo inherent in the place — and in the choice to spend a Friday night watching women undress — all produce a freeing kind of energy. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 The tabloid later claimed to have photos of Mr. Bezos in various states of undress, but did not publish them. Michael Rothfeld, New York Times, "Jeff Bezos Is Sued by His Girlfriend’s Brother," 2 Feb. 2020 The tabloid later claimed to have photos of Bezos in various states of undress, but did not publish them. Michael Rothfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeff Bezos is sued by his girlfriend’s brother," 2 Feb. 2020 The pair undress and prepare for the freezing plunge. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette': Naked bungee-jumping, Luke offers to forgive 'boneheaded mistake'," 18 June 2019 Sweaty men and women in various stages of undress move all around me, as Akiko drapes her arms over my shoulders and presses a wet paper towel to the back of my neck. Dani Fleischer, Longreads, "This Is How You Lose Your Mind," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of undress


1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undress. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take your clothes off
: to remove the clothes of (someone)



English Language Learners Definition of undress (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : a state of wearing no clothing or of not being fully dressed


un·​dress | \ ˌən-ˈdres How to pronounce undress (audio) \
undressed; undressing

Kids Definition of undress

: to remove the clothes or covering of

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