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verb (used with object), un·dressed or un·drest, un·dress·ing.
  1. to take the clothes off (a person); disrobe.
  2. to remove the dressing from (a wound, sore, etc.).
  3. to strip or divest of or as if of a covering; expose: to undress a pretense.
verb (used without object), un·dressed or un·drest, un·dress·ing.
  1. to take off one's clothes.
  1. dress of a style designed to be worn on other than highly formal or ceremonial occasions; informal dress as opposed to full dress.
  2. dress of a style not designed to be worn in public; dishabille; negligee: She couldn't receive guests in such a state of undress.
  3. the condition of being unclothed; nakedness.
  1. of or relating to clothing of a style less formal than full dress: undress uniform.
  2. characterized by informality of dress, manners, or the like: an undress dinner party.

Origin of undress

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + dress
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verb (ʌnˈdrɛs)
  1. to take off clothes from (oneself or another)
  2. (tr) to strip of ornamentation
  3. (tr) to remove the dressing from (a wound)
noun (ʌnˈdrɛs)
  1. partial or complete nakedness
  2. informal or normal working clothes or uniform
  1. characterized by or requiring informal or normal working dress or uniform
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Word Origin and History for undress

1590s, "to shed one's clothing," from un- (2) + dress (v.). Transferred sense of "to strip off (someone's) clothing" is recorded from 1610s. The noun meaning "state of partial or incomplete dress" is attested from 1680s. Undressed "naked (or nearly so)" is recorded from 1610s.

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