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English definition of “denude”

denude

verb [T]     /dɪˈnjuːd/ US  /-ˈnuːd/
to remove the covering of something, especially land: The countryside has been denuded by war. Drought and years of heavy grazing by sheep have completely denuded the hills of grass.Fertile or infertile landRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere to remove a valuable possession or quality: Any further cuts in the country's armed forces would leave its defences dangerously denuded.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things
(Definition of denude verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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