Definition of denude in English:



[with object]
  • Strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets.

    ‘almost overnight the Arctic was denuded of animals’
    • ‘Hospitals and health centres are denuded of staff, equipment, power, and medicines.’
    • ‘Every day the herd gets bigger and bigger, chewing up all the grazing land, denuding the landscape.’
    • ‘Rhinos and tigers now roam the once denuded area and villagers charge tourists a fee to watch wildlife.’
    • ‘The day was used to raise funds for the war effort and many trees were denuded in order to supply the many sprigs of wattle sold on that day.’
    • ‘Did he say that he had suddenly come into some funds before October after denuding his fund for paying the creditors, or what?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gritty, industrialized city that grew up around the mines spilled down the Hill onto the flats below, denuding the immediate surroundings through its processes of extraction and production.’
    • ‘In the competition for excess, it is also necessary for a candidate's handlers to denude every dime store within a hundred miles of its stock of red, white and blue balloons.’
    • ‘But an insect, the spruce budworm, has its own dynamic, periodically exploding in population, denuding trees, competing directly with the industry.’
    • ‘If top-fee universities in England start paying more, will Scottish universities be denuded of quality academics?’
    • ‘Hardy and well-adapted, these plants help hold soil in place and revegetate lands denuded by wildfire or disturbed by mining.’
    • ‘They say the ‘stay away’ call in the latest flooding has denuded the city of customers and savaged their profits.’
    • ‘Sulphur emissions from the gold and copper mines have denuded the hills of growth.’
    • ‘The refining process also denudes the flour on which this bread is based of much of its fibre and nutrients.’
    • ‘It is nature's twilight zone, a place that has repulsed all human efforts to mine or farm it, or denude it with herds of cattle or flocks of sheep.’
    • ‘They were denuding the sheep pastures of grass, turning once successful ranches into wastelands and reducing wool production by half.’
    • ‘Around this time of year, my grandmother used to go out into her garden and denude her tomato plants with the tenacity of locusts: big or small, ripe or not.’
    • ‘The hills of the eastern plains in the area are denuded and extensively deforested.’
    • ‘They point to the area flanking the existing road in northern Darién, noting that it is denuded, treeless, and barren.’
    • ‘If forests are denuded and environment continually abused in this manner there will be very bad days ahead for the next generation, he said.’
    divest, strip, clear, deprive, bereave, rob
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Late Middle English: from Latin denudare, from de- ‘completely’ + nudare ‘to bare’ (from nudus ‘naked’).