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[dih-nood, -nyood] /dɪˈnud, -ˈnyud/
verb (used with object), denuded, denuding.
to make naked or bare; strip:
The storm completely denuded the trees.
Geology. to subject to denudation.
Origin of denude
1505-15; < Latin dēnūdāre, equivalent to dē- de- + nūdāre to lay bare; see nude
Related forms
denuder, noun
half-denuded, adjective
undenuded, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now, I can never recall hearing any man, young or old, express a longing to denude other men of their apparel.

    Under the Country Sky Grace S. Richmond
  • I tell you, I'm not going to denude myself of money altogether.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • In order to carry on his operations against Waller and Essex, he had been obliged to denude Oxford of troops.

    Oxford and its Story Cecil Headlam
  • The power of rivers to denude and transport is exemplified daily.

  • He agreed with me that it was ill to denude the island of its young men, and I might count upon him to discourage the practice.

    Savage Island Basil C. Thomson
  • Are you prepared to denude them of their interest in the land?

  • Men, though they may denude themselves completely when bathing, always conceal their pudenda from one another's gaze.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • Sometimes the struggle lasts for hours on a plot of meadow, which they denude of its grass as cleanly as if it had been ploughed.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Mendicant Order, a religious fraternity, the members of which denude themselves of all private property and live on alms.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for denude


verb (transitive)
to divest of covering; make bare; uncover; strip
to expose (rock) by the erosion of the layers above
Derived Forms
denudation (ˌdɛnjʊˈdeɪʃən; ˌdiː-) noun
denuder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēnūdāre; see nude
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Word Origin and History for denude

early 15c. (implied in denuded), from Middle French dénuder, from Latin denudare "to lay bare, strip; uncover, expose," from de- "away" (see de-) + nudare "to strip," from nudus "naked, bare" (see naked). Related: Denuding.

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denude in Medicine

denude de·nude (dĭ-nōōd', -nyōōd')
v. de·nud·ed, de·nud·ing, de·nudes
To divest of a covering, as myelin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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