- to take the clothes off (a person); disrobe.
- to remove the dressing from (a wound, sore, etc.).
- to strip or divest of or as if of a covering; expose: to undress a pretense.
- to take off one's clothes.
- dress of a style designed to be worn on other than highly formal or ceremonial occasions; informal dress as opposed to full dress.
- dress of a style not designed to be worn in public; dishabille; negligee: She couldn't receive guests in such a state of undress.
- the condition of being unclothed; nakedness.
- of or relating to clothing of a style less formal than full dress: undress uniform.
- characterized by informality of dress, manners, or the like: an undress dinner party.
Origin of undress
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Examples from the Web for undress
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Johansson begins to undress, too, but while she keeps walking, you sink into a liquid prison.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’
April 3, 2014
A few portraits were taken, and she says she was instructed by Richardson to undress.Supermodels’ Anita Hill Problem
March 28, 2014
Will he paint Mantel in a similar state of undress to his notorious Kate pic?Controversial Semi-Clothed Kate Middleton Artist Wins Big British Award
December 11, 2013
So what was his reaction to the photos taken recently of Kate and Harry in various states of undress?Tom Parker Bowles on Camilla's Roast Chicken, His Cocaine Sting and Those Pictures of Kate
October 3, 2012
Now when the night came, he could not even persuade himself to undress.Little Dorrit
The figure was that of a French officer, in undress, and was six feet high.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
Henry went to his bedroom, leaving Gilbert in the hall, and began to undress.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Her women entered her apartment only to dress and undress her.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
He only had time to take it into the other room, so that he might not have to undress in the dark.His Masterpiece
- to take off clothes from (oneself or another)
- (tr) to strip of ornamentation
- (tr) to remove the dressing from (a wound)
- partial or complete nakedness
- informal or normal working clothes or uniform
- characterized by or requiring informal or normal working dress or uniform
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Word Origin and History for undress
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