undress

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From un- +‎ dress.

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undress ‎(third-person singular simple present undresses, present participle undressing, simple past and past participle undressed)

  1. (reflexive) To remove one's clothing. [from 16th c.]
  2. (intransitive) To remove one’s clothing. [from 17th c.]
  3. (transitive) To remove the clothing of (someone). [from 17th c.]
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To strip of something. [from 17th c.]
  5. To take the dressing, or covering, from.
    to undress a wound
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undress ‎(uncountable)

  1. The state of having few or no clothes on.
    • Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
      The visitor, observing that she held the door on the inside, and that, when the uncle tried to open it, there was a sharp adjuration of 'Don't, stupid!' and an appearance of loose stocking and flannel, concluded that the young lady was in an undress.
  2. A loose, negligent dress; ordinary dress, as distinguished from full dress.

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