wipe


wipe
wipe1 S3 [waıp] v
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1¦(clean/rub)¦
2¦(remove dirt)¦
3¦(computer/tape)¦
4 wipe something from your mind/memory
5 wipe the floor with somebody
6 wipe the slate clean
7 wipe the smile/grin off somebody's face
8 wipe something off the face of the earth/wipe something off the map
9¦(plates/cups etc)¦
Phrasal verbs
 wipe something<=>away
 wipe something<=>down
 wipe something off something
 wipe out
 wipe something<=>up
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[: Old English; Origin: wipian]
1.) ¦(CLEAN/RUB)¦ [T]
a) to rub a surface with something in order to remove dirt, liquid etc
wipe sth with sth
Wipe the table with a damp cloth.
Bill wiped his eyes (=wiped the tears from his face) and apologized.
He pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his nose .
b) to clean something by rubbing it against a surface
wipe sth on sth
He wiped his mouth on the back of his hand.
2.) ¦(REMOVE DIRT)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to remove liquid, dirt, or marks by wiping
wipe sth off/from etc sth
Kim wiped the sweat from her face.
3.) ¦(COMPUTER/TAPE)¦ [T]
to remove all the information that is stored on a tape, video, or computer ↑disk
4.) wipe sth from your mind/memory
to try to forget an unpleasant experience
5.) wipe the floor with sb informal
to defeat someone completely in a competition or argument
6.) wipe the slate clean
to agree to forget about mistakes or arguments that happened in the past
7.) wipe the smile/grin off sb's face informal
to make someone feel less happy or confident, especially someone who is annoying because they think they are clever
Tell him how much it'll cost - that should wipe the smile off his face!
8.) wipe sth off the face of the earth/wipe sth off the map
to destroy something completely
Another few years and this species could be wiped off the face of the earth.
9.) ¦(PLATES/CUPS ETC)¦ [I and T]
to dry plates, cups etc that have been washed
= ↑dry
You wash, I'll wipe.
wipe away [wipe sth<=>away] phr v
to stop something existing
A frown quickly wiped away her smile.
wipe down [wipe sth<=>down] phr v
to completely clean a surface using a wet cloth
wipe off [wipe sth off sth] phr v
to reduce the value of ↑shares or prices by a particular amount
Nearly £7 billion has been wiped off share prices worldwide.
wipe out phr v
1.) wipe sb/sth<=>out
to destroy, remove, or get rid of something completely
Whole villages were wiped out by the floods.
Nothing could wipe out his bitter memories of the past.
2.) wipe sb<=>out informal
to make you feel extremely tired
The heat had wiped us out.
→↑wiped out
3.) AmE to fall or hit another object when driving a car, riding a bicycle etc
wipe up [wipe sth<=>up] phr v
to remove liquid from a surface using a cloth
I hastily wiped up the milk I had spilled.
wipe 2
wipe2 n
1.) a wiping movement with a cloth
An occasional wipe with a soft cloth will keep the surface shiny.
Give the baby's nose a wipe, would you?
2.) a special piece of wet material that you use to clean someone or something and then throw away
a pack of baby wipes

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
(as with a cloth, in order to clean or dry) / / , , / , , , / , (Vanellus cristatus)


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