un·​dress | \ən-ˈdres \
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

disrobe, strip, unclothe

Antonyms: Verb

dress, gown, robe

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Examples of undress in a Sentence


She undressed and climbed into bed. She undressed the children for bed.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Christine Blasey Ford said that, at a high school party in 1982, Kavanaugh groped her, tried to undress her, and covered her mouth to muffle her screams, while Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, stood by. German Lopez, Vox, "The FBI investigation of Kavanaugh was doomed from the start," 5 Oct. 2018 BuzzFeed News obtained the arrest warrant, which alleges Rylett commanded the young girl, who is under 16, to undress. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Ian Rylett, of YouTube's SevenAwesomeKids Series, Was Arrested for Allegedly Molesting a Teen," 24 Sep. 2018 Police told Fox19 that the woman eventually tried to run away — but Smith, who is homeless, tackled her and tried to undress her. Josh Magness, kansascity, "9-month pregnant woman fought back when homeless man tried to rape her, Ohio cops say," 27 June 2018 The Emiratis told the victims to undress and lie down — and then spread their legs open, touched their genitals and probed their rectums. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them," 21 June 2018 Cubs closer Brandon Morrow, who has 16 saves this season, suffered back spasms while undressing after returning home from the team's trip to St. Louis early Monday morning. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "TML: How do pro athletes feel about playing in small-market Cincinnati?," 20 June 2018 The lawsuit says Lowe and Gallatin knew Caffrey used her office to undress and change into workout clothes. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Former employee accuses KC real estate firm of placing camera under her desk," 2 July 2018 In one incident in Aden’s Beir Ahmed prison, where al-Anbari was held, hundreds of inmates were forced to undress and Emirati officers searched their anal cavities on March 10, claiming to be looking for contraband cellphones. Maggie Michael, The Seattle Times, "Yemen detainees free days after AP report on UAE-run prisons," 26 June 2018 Additionally, at-risk girls are supposed to be accommodated with private rooms to undress or use the restroom, when requested. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Advocates Worry About Girls Held Due to Family Separation Policy," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While working for a small department in North Dakota, Fritz posted photos of himself on an adult website in various states of undress, with his uniform visible in some of them, Bedford said. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 While working for a small department in North Dakota, Fritz posted photos of himself on an adult website in various states of undress, with his uniform visible in some of them, Bedford said. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 More than 300 unembarrassed bicyclists will pedal through downtown New Orleans on June 9 in various states of undress, as the annual World Naked Bike Ride NOLA hits the road for the tenth time. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Naked Bike Ride 2018: the bare facts," 30 May 2018 In 2013, a former gymnast filed a lawsuit in Georgia after her coach, William McCabe, secretly videotaped her in states of undress. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "USA Gymnastics CEO said ‘we’re pretty good’ as sex abuse crisis was nearing," 12 June 2018 Over the weekend, fans began sharing photos that featured the couple posing together in varying states of undress in bed, which appear in their On the Run II tour book. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Do Beyoncé and JAY-Z Pose Nude in New On the Run II Tour Book Photos?," 11 June 2018 This scene, if not the same conversation, is repeated on most nights in any of the many theaters and clubs in this area that feature dancing women in varying stages of undress. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Stormy Daniels is coming to the Admiral Theatre — a moment to talk about sex and this city," 31 May 2018 Sometimes funny things: the surgeon and nurse found in the linen cupboard in a state of undress. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 In the meantime, pizza lovers can keep an eye on the museum's website and Instagram feed, which are currently filled with mysterious shots of several people, in varying states of undress, devouring slices of New York's finest. Andrea Park, Condé Nast Traveler, "NYC’s Latest Pop-Up Museum Is Dedicated to Pizza," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of undress was in 1596

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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)

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


un·​dress | \ˌən-ˈdres \
undressed; undressing

Kids Definition of undress

: to remove the clothes or covering of

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