Definition of denude in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈn(y)o͞od/


[with object]
Strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets; make bare: almost overnight the Arctic was denuded of animals
More example sentences
  • The hills of the eastern plains in the area are denuded and extensively deforested.
  • Musically, their self-imposed imperative of the most basic, stripped-down sound possible simply denudes their songs of what little interest they may have triggered in the first place.
  • If forests are denuded and environment continually abused in this manner there will be very bad days ahead for the next generation, he said.
strip, clear, deprive, bereave, rob;
lay bare, uncover, expose;
dated divest



Pronunciation: /ˌdēn(y)o͞oˈdāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The forests in India, despite constant denudation, are still lovely, dark and deep and home to a host of wild species.
  • The city in the nature's very lap is being subjected to wanton denudation.
  • Soil here is extraordinarily thin, sandy, and well-drained owing to highly vertical relief and millennia of rainwater surface denudation.


Late Middle English: from Latin denudare, from de- 'completely' + nudare 'to bare' (from nudus 'naked').

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Syllabification: de·nude

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