undress (v.) 1590s, "to shed one's clothing," from UN- (Cf. un-) (2) + DRESS (Cf. 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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  • Undress — Un*dress , v. t. [1st pref. un + dress.] [1913 Webster] 1. To divest of clothes; to strip. [1913 Webster] 2. To divest of ornaments to disrobe. [1913 Webster] 3. (Med.) To take the dressing, or covering, from; as, to undress a wound. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Undress — Un dress, n. 1. A loose, negligent dress; ordinary dress, as distinguished from full dress. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil. & Naval) An authorized habitual dress of officers and soldiers, but not full dress uniform. [1913 Webster] {Undress parade} (Mil.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • undress — index denude, expose, unveil Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • undress — [v] take off clothes denude, disarray, dismantle, disrobe, divest oneself, doff, get off, get out of, husk, peel, shed, shock, slip off, slip out of, strip, unattire, uncloak, unclothe, unmask; concepts 211,453 Ant. clothe, dress …   New thesaurus

  • undress — ► VERB 1) (also get undressed) take off one s clothes. 2) take the clothes off (someone else). ► NOUN 1) the state of being naked or only partially clothed. 2) Military ordinary clothing or uniform, as opposed to full dress …   English terms dictionary

  • undress — [un dres′; ] for n., usually [ un′dres΄] vt. 1. to take off the clothing of; strip 2. to divest of ornament 3. to remove the dressing from (a wound) vi. to take off one s clothes; strip n. 1. the state of being naked, only partly dressed, or in… …   English World dictionary

  • undress — [[t]ʌ̱ndre̱s[/t]] undresses, undressing, undressed 1) VERB When you undress or undress someone, you take off your clothes or someone else s clothes. She went out, leaving Rachel to undress and have her shower... [V n] She undressed the child… …   English dictionary

  • undress — /un dres /, v., undressed or undrest, undressing, n., adj. v.t. 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.… …   Universalium

  • undress — un|dress1 [ʌnˈdres] v [I and T] ↑vest, ↑undershirt to take your clothes off, or take someone else s clothes off ▪ Matt undressed and got into bed. ▪ Joe still needs an adult to undress him. undress 2 undress2 n [U] formal when you are wearing few …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • undress — un|dress1 [ ʌn dres ] verb intransitive or transitive to remove your clothes or to remove someone else s clothes: She undressed the children and got them into their pajamas. undress un|dress 2 [ ʌn dres ] noun a state of undress FORMAL a state of …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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