Definition of disrobe in US English:



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  • 1Take off one's clothes.

    ‘I slipped into the adjoining bathroom to disrobe’
    • ‘The patient should completely disrobe and remove concealing cosmetics.’
    • ‘On many occasions, swimmers jumped in with all of their clothes on-and disrobed to their suits during warm-up.’
    • ‘Carol and Marty go into separate shower stalls in the girls' locker room in order to disrobe.’
    • ‘He stared down at the water for a moment before he sat down next to it and slowly disrobed, easing his body into the water.’
    • ‘It was all too much for some girls, and they refused to disrobe.’
    • ‘The choir themselves are all dressed in yellow robes to begin with but disrobe half way through the service to reveal their normal clothes underneath.’
    • ‘‘I'm taking a shower,’ he said, and I walked away as he began to disrobe.’
    • ‘Flo pulls Tom to the bottom bunk and they start disrobing as the lights dim.’
    • ‘Ignoring the plaintive protests, I began to disrobe, assuring myself that a nice, calm bath would be just what I needed.’
    • ‘There I paid ($100 for two hours, which is a complete bargain), disrobed, and put my clothes in a locker.’
    • ‘The rest of the captives began to disrobe, and were looking forward to their first shower in days.’
    • ‘She let out a sigh, disrobing to change her clothes.’
    • ‘Finishing the entry, he blew out the candle and disrobed, pulling on his nightshirt.’
    • ‘Bracegirdle watched him with a smirk on his face, beginning to disrobe.’
    • ‘Once she was sure no one would disturb her, she disrobed, and threw her filthy clothes to the ground, then eased herself into the water.’
    • ‘As he began to disrobe in preparation for the competition, he slowly but unquestionably transformed.’
    • ‘As a further point to be noted by some haughty officials, in Greece it is very much frowned upon for the local girls to so disrobe on the beach.’
    • ‘The woman disrobed and climbed onto them and laid down upon them.’
    • ‘They slowly disrobe, so their fur can shine in the darkness.’
    • ‘They were going to collectively disrobe and swim out to the fountain and this girl was a bit slow and wasn't ready for them to start.’
    undress, strip, strip naked, take off one's clothes, remove one's clothes, doff one's clothes, shed one's clothes, denude, uncover oneself
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    1. 1.1 Take off the clothes worn for an official ceremony.
      ‘they walked to the vestry to disrobe’
      • ‘Women need a separate vesting room to permit disrobing when donning vestments.’
      • ‘Finally, disrobed of all liturgical and ceremonial vestments she donned the exquisite Robe of Purple Velvet before leaving Westminster Abbey.’
    2. 1.2with object Undress (someone)
      ‘a group of six guards disrobed them at gunpoint’
      ‘Kate remembers being disrobed’
      • ‘When Miskovitch tried to escape by rushing past the guards who were by then trying to forcibly disrobe him, Miskovitch unintentionally hit Petrilli in the face, the guard testified.’
      • ‘The patient should be properly disrobed to permit complete inspection of both shoulders.’
      • ‘Nameless people, with murder on their hands, people who have disrobed women forcibly, come together.’
      • ‘The two Moloctan had taken Claire's body, and disrobed it.’
      • ‘Although it was crowded, it wasn't so bad that others wouldn't have seen me being disrobed by some of these guys.’
      • ‘And how realistic is it for principals to disrobe students while a class is in session (or even after class, for that matter)?’
      • ‘His remarks have since been seconded by numerous other men of all ranks who, on their own, would never admit they mentally disrobe women.’
      • ‘Shankar tried to disrobe Mahua in a bid to examine her body.’
      • ‘But before he could disrobe her, Astarte had risen to her feet and stepped back from the bed.’
      • ‘You see, I wear the pentacle and a collar at work (which involves me being disrobed as an erotic dancer).’
      • ‘I straddled his waist and started to disrobe him.’
      • ‘In one of those we projected a film over an actor being disrobed as he recited a poem.’
      • ‘Liberals' reference to a ‘strip search’ by officers will evoke images of slavering voyeurs gratuitously disrobing a mother and child, so it is important to understand what really happened.’
      • ‘High Priest, please disrobe the child and ready her for baptism.’
      • ‘In doing so it effectively disrobes its subject, producing a computer image that leaves very little to the imagination.’
      • ‘Never before have women demonstrated in this manner anywhere in the country, where an attempt to disrobe Draupadi caused the Mahabharata war.’
      • ‘Over the past year or so, getting headlines in Texas but only modest coverage elsewhere, the ‘Texas Miracle’ has been disrobed.’
      • ‘The project has plans to disrobe riders in New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and Belgium.’
      • ‘He could detect his own scent, nothing unusual in that, so all they had done was to toss him in here after disrobing him.’
      • ‘Despite being entirely disrobed, she is leaning casually forward with one hand on her hip and the other on the roof of the science block.’


Late Middle English: from dis- (expressing reversal) + robe, perhaps on the pattern of French desrober.