Definition of undress in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈdrɛs/


[no object]
1Take off one’s clothes: she undressed and climbed into bed I went into the bathroom to get undressed
More example sentences
  • I tell him to get undressed and get in the shower.
  • I take my shoes off before I go into the house, I sneak up the stairs, and I get undressed in the bathroom.
  • He undressed and just climbed into bed next to Belle.
take one's clothes off, strip, strip naked, disrobe, remove one's clothes, doff one's clothes, shed one's clothes, uncover oneself
informal peel off
dated divest oneself of one's clothes
1.1 [with object] Take the clothes off (someone else): he undressed her slowly
More example sentences
  • We stayed like that for I don't know how long, then she slowly undressed me.
  • He slid his still dressed body up her bare one; she started to slowly undress him.
  • It felt odd to be left alone with all these people undressing me and putting new clothes on me.
take someone's clothes off, strip, unclothe, disrobe
dated divest someone of their clothes
literary disarray


[mass noun]
1The state of being naked or only partially clothed: women in various states of undress
More example sentences
  • There was nothing for it but to wander around all evening in a state of partial undress.
  • I mean, one can have, of course, partial undress as well as complete nudity and stripping would include both.
  • Both were almost naked or in a state of undress when they were eventually found.
French déshabillé
informal one's birthday suit
2 Military Ordinary clothing or uniform, as opposed to that worn on ceremonial occasions: [as modifier]: his undress uniform Compare with full dress.
More example sentences
  • Gold lace became confined to flag officers in both dress and undress uniforms; captains wore it only in full dress.
  • Admiral Nelson, now in his undress uniform, not wearing his full orders was ‘every bit as conspicuous’ to the approaching danger.

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