Definition of denude in English:



  • Strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets; make bare.

    ‘almost overnight the Arctic was denuded of animals’
    • ‘The refining process also denudes the flour on which this bread is based of much of its fibre and nutrients.’
    • ‘The hills of the eastern plains in the area are denuded and extensively deforested.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They say the ‘stay away’ call in the latest flooding has denuded the city of customers and savaged their profits.’
    • ‘Did he say that he had suddenly come into some funds before October after denuding his fund for paying the creditors, or what?’
    • ‘Every day the herd gets bigger and bigger, chewing up all the grazing land, denuding the landscape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If forests are denuded and environment continually abused in this manner there will be very bad days ahead for the next generation, he said.’
    • ‘If top-fee universities in England start paying more, will Scottish universities be denuded of quality academics?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But an insect, the spruce budworm, has its own dynamic, periodically exploding in population, denuding trees, competing directly with the industry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hospitals and health centres are denuded of staff, equipment, power, and medicines.’
    • ‘Sulphur emissions from the gold and copper mines have denuded the hills of growth.’
    • ‘Hardy and well-adapted, these plants help hold soil in place and revegetate lands denuded by wildfire or disturbed by mining.’
    • ‘They point to the area flanking the existing road in northern Darién, noting that it is denuded, treeless, and barren.’
    • ‘They were denuding the sheep pastures of grass, turning once successful ranches into wastelands and reducing wool production by half.’
    • ‘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.’
    divest, strip, clear, deprive, bereave, rob
    lay bare, make bare, bare, uncover, expose
    deforest, defoliate
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Late Middle English: from Latin denudare, from de- completely + nudare to bare (from nudus naked).