undressing

undress

[uhn-dres]
verb (used with object), undressed or undrest, undressing.
1.
to take the clothes off (a person); disrobe.
2.
to remove the dressing from (a wound, sore, etc.).
3.
to strip or divest of or as if of a covering; expose: to undress a pretense.
verb (used without object), undressed or undrest, undressing.
4.
to take off one's clothes.
noun
5.
dress of a style designed to be worn on other than highly formal or ceremonial occasions; informal dress, as opposed to full dress.
6.
dress of a style not designed to be worn in public; dishabille; negligee: She couldn't receive guests in such a state of undress.
7.
the condition of being unclothed; nakedness.
adjective
8.
of or pertaining to clothing of a style less formal than full dress: undress uniform.
9.
characterized by informality of dress, manners, or the like: an undress dinner party.

Origin:
1590–1600; un-2 + dress

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undress
 
vb
1.  to take off clothes from (oneself or another)
2.  (tr) to strip of ornamentation
3.  (tr) to remove the dressing from (a wound)
 
n
4.  partial or complete nakedness
5.  informal or normal working clothes or uniform
 
adj
6.  characterized by or requiring informal or normal working dress or uniform

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undress
1596, "to shed one's clothing," from un- (2) + dress (v.). Trans. sense of "to strip off (someone's) clothing" is recorded from 1615. The noun meaning "state of partial or incomplete dress" is attested from 1685. Undressed "naked (or nearly so)" is recorded from 1613.
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