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 In the evening, after giving up their shoes, the girls take turns using the dormitory bathroom, each getting 13 minutes to undress, shower, wash their hair, dry off, dress for bed in a T-shirt and shorts and brush their teeth. Freep.com, "She was prostituting, pregnant, doing drugs by 14. Now, Taylor girl fights to save her own life.," 1 Nov. 2019 Olsen had responded in March 2015 to reports of a resident at the complex knocking on doors before undressing and crawling on the ground naked. NBC News, "Georgia officer who fatally shot unarmed, naked black man found not guilty of murder," 14 Oct. 2019 And there wouldn’t be many reasons to change the play anyway because the formations and pre-snap motions are designed to either regulate or undress a defense. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "An Early Glimpse Into the Rodgers-LaFleur Marriage in Green Bay," 4 Sep. 2019 Here are the takeaways: Now the competition level climbs From the FCS Aggies at home, the Bears travel to play next Saturday at Washington, which undressed Eastern Washington 47-14 in its opener. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Cal offense clicks into gear late in opening win over UC Davis," 31 Aug. 2019 Lieutenant Bobby Richardson told the Bryan-College Station Eagle that the suspect entered the Hall of Champions on the night of Aug. 26 and allegedly undressed a mannequin wearing a full Manziel Texas A&M uniform. Jenna West, SI.com, "Johnny Manziel Uniform Stolen From Texas A&M Museum, Person of Interest Identified," 13 Sep. 2019 When sensitive exams are conducted, patients will be given an appropriate gown, privacy to dress and undress, and sensitive draping to maximize their privacy. Washington Post, "Michigan State agrees to protect patients in deal with feds," 12 Aug. 2019 The teacher dimmed the lights and cued us to undress. NBC News, "Taking a naked yoga class gave me a new appreciation for my body," 26 July 2019 South Windsor police say a 26-year-old man apparently was secretly recording men dressing and undressing in the locker room of a local gym. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Police: Man, 26, was secretly taping the men’s locker room at a South Windsor gym," 13 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The song went on to earn her a Grammy Award in 1998, and the music video featured Apple sulking in different states of undress. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Fiona Apple Approves of Jennifer Lopez Stripping to Her Song 'Criminal' in Hustlers: 'I'm All for the Movie'," 25 Sep. 2019 The doctor, handsome and charismatic, a chest tattoo peeking over the top of his shirt collar, had me undress from the waist up. Cyrus Grace Dunham, The New Yorker, "A Year Without a Name," 12 Aug. 2019 According to a probable cause statement, which includes graphic descriptions of the photos allegedly found on the computer, girls thought to be between the ages of 4 and 8 years old are pictured in various states of undress. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Investigation into University of Utah student's killing yields child porn on suspect's computer, DA says," 13 Aug. 2019 Zak takes frequent pratfalls and is often seen in various un-self-conscious states of undress, but the movie never makes him a figure of fun. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: The joy of friendship in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’," 9 Aug. 2019 His boys are coy, knowing, and lithe; the male odalisque, in a state of opulent undress, is a favorite leitmotif. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 Officers searched Ormond's house and found the woman tied to a bed in a state of undress, covered in blood and suffering from severe injuries on Jan. 8, 2018. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Chandler man sentenced to 28 years in prison for kidnapping, abusing girlfriend," 10 July 2019 Numerous women have stated Tyndall watched them undress and proceeded to violate them during pelvic exams. CBS News, "Ex-longtime USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall had gun when arrested on sex assault charges, police say," 27 June 2019 According to the report, the girl, who is under 16, claims Rylett touched her breasts and fondled her while repeatedly making her undress, eventually attempting to forcefully remove her underwear. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The co-founder of a prominent tween girl YouTube network has been arrested for molesting a minor," 24 Sep. 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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“Undress.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undresses. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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