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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

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Example Sentences

Verb She undressed and climbed into bed. She undressed the children for bed.
Recent Examples on the Web
The two then begin to undress each other with Daemon guiding Rhaenyra to a wall and then turning her around with her pants down. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 12 Sep. 2022 The proposal harkens back to an era when female athletes occasionally had to undress for visual examination. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Farmer agreed to undress and lie under a sheet on a massage table. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 10 Dec. 2021 But the combination of Adele’s authenticity, her natural beauty, her unparalleled vocal talent and her willingness to undress her deepest emotions in song, coalesced for a special that felt exactly that – special. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 But the curtain that should be there to undress behind wasn’t there. New York Times, 5 July 2021 But just as she was set to leave, a new doctor walked in and told her to undress again. New York Times, 5 July 2021 Authorities in Marlborough are asking for help identifying a man who attacked a 40-year-old woman and tried to undress her on the Assabet River Rail Trail in Monday morning, police said. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 Saleem is accused of asking the woman to partly undress and assaulting her, the complaint said. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021
Temple’s bedroom has been turned into an exhibition space, now occupied by works, from Olivia Erlanger and the late artists Nicola L. and Heidi Bucher, suggesting dress and undress and the home as a carapace for such activities. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 The nuns take lots of baths, masturbate to organ music, and thrust to harpsichords — this is a movie in a state of perpetual undress and fairly shallow for it. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 But now, as the virgin goddess and her nymphs stop to bathe in the stream, Callisto is reluctant to undress. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 But while people are jumping into the pool in various states of undress, the first strategy conversation is already happening on the side of the deck with Derrick and Jodi, who are absolutely on my short list of people who could make the final. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 11 Nov. 2021 The woman said Henley had her review hundreds of boudoir photographs showing young women in the nude and various states of undress in preparation for an upcoming boudoir photoshoot with a different model, according to court documents. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2021 Lensed by photographer Guy Aroch, the unretouched True Botanicals campaign finds Wilde proudly owning her sensuality in various states of undress. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2021 The leak of Gruden's emails also revealed that Allen had sent Gruden pictures of cheerleaders in various stages of undress. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 Baker, who also wrote the screenplay, appears in various stages of undress throughout the movie. Marc Malkin, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Undress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undress. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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un·​dress ˌən-ˈdres How to pronounce undress (audio)
undressed; undressing
: to remove the clothes or covering of

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