Definition of undress in English:



[no object]
  • 1Take off one's clothes.

    ‘she undressed and climbed into bed’
    ‘I went into the bathroom to get undressed’
    • ‘When we undressed, she would conscientiously fold our clothes and pile them neatly on the side of the bed.’
    • ‘He undressed before he climbed into his bed, sighing when he felt the soft mattress against his back.’
    • ‘Thomas went inside his own room and closed the door, undressing and changing into his night clothes.’
    • ‘I take my shoes off before I go into the house, I sneak up the stairs, and I get undressed in the bathroom.’
    • ‘First of all, if the shower needs warming up before you start, I suggest turning on the shower before undressing and getting all your shampoos and such.’
    • ‘She undressed quickly and absent-mindedly, stuffing her grimy clothes into the washer-dryer.’
    • ‘He got under the covers, too, without undressing.’
    • ‘When they parted David sat up and began to undress, throwing his clothes on the floor.’
    • ‘Throwing the towel on the white sink she undressed and climbed in.’
    • ‘She ran the water in the shower as she undressed and climbed in.’
    • ‘She quietly hummed a tune while she undressed out of her armor and clothes.’
    • ‘He undressed and just climbed into bed next to Belle.’
    • ‘She said since the operation her partner was shy about undressing in front of her.’
    • ‘I tell him to get undressed and get in the shower.’
    • ‘When we get back to my place, he climbs onto my bed without undressing.’
    • ‘Feeling too dizzy to undress properly I kicked my shoes off and climbed under the duvet as I was.’
    • ‘According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women.’
    • ‘Shivering, but not from the cold, Jade undressed and climbed into bed.’
    • ‘I was left alone to undress and climb into this new environment.’
    • ‘They undressed and stuffed their clothes into laundry bags, hanging their clean clothes on pegs on the wall.’
    take one's clothes off, strip, strip naked, disrobe, remove one's clothes, doff one's clothes, shed one's clothes, uncover oneself
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    1. 1.1with object Take the clothes off (someone else)
      ‘he undressed her slowly’
      • ‘She didn't even bicker when he began undressing her.’
      • ‘I sat there last night, undressing her with my eyes.’
      • ‘Blaire stopped undressing her, nodded and resumed taking her clothes off.’
      • ‘‘I guess I'll just have to undress you every time you change your clothes,’ he said chuckling.’
      • ‘I followed him into the bedroom, and found him undressing you.’
      • ‘I had undressed her, peeled her sodden clothes from her body.’
      • ‘I found them by accident on a Sunday morning when I was undressing him at home to give him a bath.’
      • ‘She told me she took him into the bathroom, undressed him and helped him into the bathtub.’
      • ‘I noticed your medallion when I was undressing you the other day.’
      • ‘Like Owen, she could feel him mentally undressing her or at least putting her in something more revealing.’
      • ‘Ollie wasn't happy at all about the whole thing and started wailing as soon as I began undressing him.’
      • ‘We stayed like that for I don't know how long, then she slowly undressed me.’
      • ‘He was half way done undressing her when there was a knock at the door.’
      • ‘It felt odd to be left alone with all these people undressing me and putting new clothes on me.’
      • ‘She said she continued to undress the patient, calming him down, until Mr Hodgson offered to take over.’
      • ‘After they undressed her and loosened her clothes, they saw the blood on her dress.’
      • ‘He crouched down with her and finished undressing her.’
      • ‘He slid his still dressed body up her bare one; she started to slowly undress him.’
      • ‘It was only when I undressed him at 8am and saw the purple rash that I knew how serious things were.’
      • ‘Now, it isn't that often that I am faced with undressing someone quite so delicious.’
      take someone's clothes off, strip, unclothe, disrobe
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mass noun
  • 1The state of being naked or only partially clothed.

    ‘women in various states of undress’
    • ‘Inside, a motley crew of gents are draped over by a mixture of girls in varied state of undress.’
    • ‘She had not fully realized his state of dress, or rather undress.’
    • ‘A fancy dress event will be held on St. Stephen's Day with people visiting all pubs in the locality in varying stages of dress and undress to help raise funds for North West Hospice.’
    • ‘It's basically one big, long music video clip with the main characters running around in various states of undress but hey it was still pretty fun.’
    • ‘There was nothing for it but to wander around all evening in a state of partial undress.’
    • ‘That was the first thing I knew about her state of undress.’
    • ‘There were women in various stages of undress, aged hacks bellowing out nationalist folk songs, several figures slumped in corners and enough booze to float a battleship.’
    • ‘She'd moved into presenting after starting modelling at 16 and become a regular, in various states of undress, on the pages of glossy men's magazines.’
    • ‘Certainly, I was struck by the combination of her screeching voice and deranged facial expression, her general state of undress being more disturbing than arousing.’
    • ‘Prancing about in a state of undress would seem foolish at any other time of the year, but it suddenly becomes the norm as soon as we go somewhere hot on holiday.’
    • ‘It says players watched the cheerleaders ‘in various stages of undress, including in complete nudity’.’
    • ‘There were girls in various states of undress, glassy-eyed with drink or bright-eyed from illegal substances.’
    • ‘These structures were manipulated throughout the performance by the dancers, and quickly came to both hide and expose the contours of the dancers' bodies in various states of undress.’
    • ‘The Sunday People published pictures of the two players in an advanced state of undress.’
    • ‘What if I went to his room and he was in a state of undress?’
    • ‘Both were almost naked or in a state of undress when they were eventually found.’
    • ‘I mean, one can have, of course, partial undress as well as complete nudity and stripping would include both.’
    • ‘Fashion spreads find boys and girls in various stages of langorous undress.’
    • ‘The women, all middle-aged, were naked, masking their state of undress behind the banner.’
    • ‘‘He destroyed the camera cable so she would not be able to send any more photos of herself in various states of undress to the USA,’ said Mr Platts.’
    nudity, nakedness, bareness
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  • 2Military
    Ordinary clothing or uniform, as opposed to that worn on ceremonial occasions.

    as modifier ‘his undress uniform’
    Compare with full dress
    • ‘Admiral Nelson, now in his undress uniform, not wearing his full orders was ‘every bit as conspicuous’ to the approaching danger.’
    • ‘Gold lace became confined to flag officers in both dress and undress uniforms; captains wore it only in full dress.’