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rip

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verb \ ˈrip \

Definition of rip

ripped; ripping
transitive verb
1 a :to tear or split apart or open
b :to saw or split (wood) with the grain
2 :to slash or slit with or as if with a sharp blade
3 :to hit sharply
  • ripped a double to left field
4 :to utter violently :spit out
  • ripped out an oath
intransitive verb
1 :to become ripped :rend
2 :to rush headlong
  • ripped past second base
rip into
:to tear into :attack

Examples of rip in a Sentence

  1. She ripped the fabric in half.

  2. He ripped open the package.

  3. The dog ripped the pillow to shreds .

  4. The force of the explosion ripped a hole in the wall.

  5. Her coat ripped when it caught on the doorknob.

  6. I ripped the poster off the wall.

  7. The sink had been ripped from the wall.

  8. He ripped the page out of the magazine.

  9. She ripped off her mask.

  10. He ripped the letter from my hands.

Origin and Etymology of rip

Middle English rippen, from or akin to Middle Dutch reppen, rippen to pull, jerk

rip Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of rip

tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive mean to separate forcibly. tear implies pulling apart by force and leaving jagged edges.
    • tear up the letter
rip implies a pulling apart in one rapid uninterrupted motion often along a line or joint.
    • ripped the shirt on a nail
rend implies very violent or ruthless severing or sundering.
    • an angry mob rent the prisoner's clothes
split implies a cutting or breaking apart in a continuous, straight, and usually lengthwise direction or in the direction of grain or layers.
    • split logs for firewood
cleave implies very forceful splitting or cutting with a blow.
    • a bolt of lightning cleaved the giant oak
rive occurs most often in figurative use.
    • a political party riven by conflict

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rip

noun

Definition of rip

1 :a rent made by ripping :tear
2 :cut 5b

First Known Use of rip

1673


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rip

noun

Definition of rip

1 :a body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides, currents, or winds
2 :a current of water roughened by passing over an irregular bottom

Origin and Etymology of rip

perhaps from 2rip


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rip

noun

Definition of rip

:a dissolute person :libertine

Origin and Etymology of rip

perhaps by shortening & alteration from reprobate


RIP

abbreviation

Definition of RIP

1
[Latin requiescat in pace]
may he rest in peace, may she rest in peace
2
[Latin requiescant in pace]
may they rest in peace


RIP Defined for English Language Learners

rip

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verb

Definition of rip for English Language Learners

  • : to tear, split, or open (something) quickly or violently

  • : to become torn or split

  • : to remove (something) quickly or violently


RIP Defined for Kids

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rip

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verb \ ˈrip \

Definition of rip for Students

ripped; ripping
1 :to cut or tear open :split apart
  • I ripped the package open.
2 :to remove quickly (as by tearing)
  • He ripped a page out.

ripper

noun

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rip

noun

Definition of rip for Students

:a usually long tear


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