Definition of undress in English:



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

    ‘women in various states of undress’
    • ‘There was nothing for it but to wander around all evening in a state of partial 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inside, a motley crew of gents are draped over by a mixture of girls in varied state of undress.’
    • ‘The women, all middle-aged, were naked, masking their state of undress behind the banner.’
    • ‘There were girls in various states of undress, glassy-eyed with drink or bright-eyed from illegal substances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had not fully realized his state of dress, or rather undress.’
    • ‘What if I went to his room and he was in a state of undress?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, one can have, of course, partial undress as well as complete nudity and stripping would include both.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Sunday People published pictures of the two players in an advanced state of undress.’
    • ‘Both were almost naked or in a state of undress when they were eventually found.’
    • ‘That was the first thing I knew about her state of undress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘It says players watched the cheerleaders ‘in various stages of undress, including in complete nudity’.’
    • ‘Fashion spreads find boys and girls in various stages of langorous undress.’
    • ‘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.’
    nudity, nakedness, bareness
    one's birthday suit
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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
    • ‘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.’