wipe

verb
\ ˈwīp How to pronounce wipe (audio) \
wiped; wiping

Definition of wipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to rub with or as if with something soft for cleaning
b : to clean or dry by rubbing
c : to draw, pass, or move for or as if for rubbing or cleaning wiped his hand across his brow
2a : to remove by or as if by rubbing wipe the spots off the glass
b : to expunge completely wipe from memory the gruesome scenesAmer. Guide Series: Del.
3 : to spread by or as if by wiping

intransitive verb

: to make a motion of or as if of wiping something
wipe one's boots on
: to treat with indignity
wipe the floor with or wipe the ground with
: to defeat decisively

wipe

noun

Definition of wipe (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : blow, strike
b : jeer, gibe
2a : an act or instance of wiping
b : a transition from one scene or picture to another (as in movies or television) made by a line moving across the screen
3 : something (such as a towel) used for wiping

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Examples of wipe in a Sentence

Verb

Would you wipe the dishes? She wiped her eyes with a tissue. We were wiping the spots from the wine glasses. He wiped his hand across his forehead.

Noun

With a wipe, the spill was gone.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What: Party-goers at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand Lip can sync hits to the Bruno Mars tribute act, wipe away tears during Rachel Steele's country crooning, and rock out to National Lines' alt-pop bops. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Fireworks, parades and more fireworks! Check out these can’t-miss July 4 celebrations," 27 June 2018 While Dee struggles to tell the story and wipes away tears, Maddox leaves his chair and walks over to comfort her. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "They lost their parents in a murder-suicide. Now the Durrett Foundation is stepping up," 26 June 2018 Injuries quickly wiped away the progress everyone expected following a six-win campaign in 2016. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Maryland moves on from injury-filled season, Terps are No. 65 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 23 June 2018 Mayor Josh Levy said as family and friends of the fallen officers wiped away tears. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hollywood police honor fallen colleagues," 8 May 2018 Judge Salvador Vasquez denied the request for the mistrial, and Giro’s friends and family sighed and wiped away tears of relief at the decision. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "'She was in there the whole time': Witnesses say they saw defendant exit Lake Station home where woman's body found," 27 Apr. 2018 Having also heard from some female rui-katsu participants that the service would be improved if a handsome man wiped away their tears, Terai felt professionally obliged to start dispatching handsome men to help people cry. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 For commercial users—which is the primary focus of the Reverb—HP will sell the Reverb Professional Edition, whose leather-style face cushion can be wiped clean with an alcohol swab. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 Gently scrub for a minute or two, and then wipe clean with a soft wet rag. Isadora Baum, SELF, "Here’s How to Clean Sneakers Depending on the Material," 17 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our beauty director’s must-haves: a do-it-all hydrating balm, cleansing wipes for your face or hands (or the seat), and a lightly scented hand sanitizer. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 These wipe-and-toss sheets, packed with ingredients that both cleanse and revive (witch hazel, salicylic acid, cucumber extract), give your mug a midday refresh. Matt Martin, GQ, "GQ’s New Best Stuff Box Is Here to Upgrade Your Summer," 21 May 2018 The Original package includes two sanitary wipes for arm rests and tray table, one allergy mask, and one disposable tray table cover. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 18 Apr. 2018 Quickly removing his makeup with a face wipe before bed isn't Kihyun's ideal skin-care routine. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Monsta X Reveals the Skin-Care Tips That Make Their Complexions "Shine Forever"," 27 July 2018 Just one wipe even takes off her waterproof eyeliner. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leomie Anderson Shares Her Nighttime Skincare Routine," 17 July 2018 Astronauts quickly patched the hole with epoxy on a gauze wipe, and the station’s pressure has been fine ever since. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking to figure out the origin of a mysterious spacecraft hole," 11 Dec. 2018 Cotton pads that Korean beauty brands sell, on the other hand, feature a smoother, stronger texture that looks (and feels) more like a spongey face wipe than a cotton ball, making them gentler on the skin. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Korean Cotton Pads Are the Secret to a Proper K-Beauty Skin Routine," 4 Oct. 2018 Stock up on no-water antibacterial wipes, matches, disposable cutlery, plastic wrap and dry ice so that everyone can eat and drink, free from harm. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence-proof your kitchen with these three tips," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of wipe

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wipe

Verb

Middle English wipen, from Old English wīpian; akin to Old High German wīfan to wind around, Latin vibrare to brandish, and probably to Old Norse veipa to be in movement, Sanskrit vepate it trembles

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More Definitions for wipe

wipe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to clean or dry (something) by using a towel, your hand, etc.
: to remove (something) by rubbing
: to move (something) over a surface

wipe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wipe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small, wet cloth that is used for cleaning
: an act of cleaning or drying something by using a towel, your hand, etc.

wipe

verb
\ ˈwīp How to pronounce wipe (audio) \
wiped; wiping

Kids Definition of wipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to clean or dry by rubbing Will you wipe the dishes?
2 : to remove by or as if by rubbing Wipe away your tears.
wipe out
: to destroy completely

Other Words from wipe

wiper noun

wipe

noun

Kids Definition of wipe (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of wiping : rub

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