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

Inmates have stabbed, bludgeoned or strangled their cellmates, moved bodies and wiped away blood before guards noticed, autopsy reports show. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "There Has Been an Explosion of Homicides in California’s County Jails. Here’s Why.," 15 June 2019 In 2014, Bowlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a progressive disease that causes brain cells to degenerate and die, slowly wiping away memories and other mental functions, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Dies of Alzheimer's at 75: 'His Shoes Will Never Be Filled'," 14 June 2019 Their ideas include wiping away debt, lowering interest rates, expanding programs that tie repayment terms to income and making college free or debt-free. Michelle R. Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's high student loan debt draws attention to the issue," 8 June 2019 But the best moment, beyond a shadow of a doubt, was seeing footage of Jungkook wiping away tears while watching Dolly perform. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS Released New Footage of Jungkook Crying During Dolly Parton's Grammys 2019 Performance," 10 Apr. 2019 Thoroughly wipe your sneakers with a clean wet cloth to rinse them. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean White Vans so They Look Brand New," 17 May 2019 Ideally, wipe your flatware down with a soft cloth after washing. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 For me, quitting face wipes cold turkey was the hardest part. Meirav Devash, Allure, "I Tried a Sustainable Beauty Routine for a Month to See How Easy It Is to Go Green," 15 Oct. 2018 In general, though, it's not advised to use any products (including creams, gels, douches, and wipes) on your vaginal region, and that includes talcum powder. refinery29.com, "Johnson & Johnson Owes $4.69 Billion In Another Ovarian Cancer Case," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Always have on hand: cleansing wipes, sanitizer, small trash bag, water bottle, protein bar/drink/snack, hard candy, and extra undergarments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Veronica — How to keep appointments and paperwork from wearing you down," 21 June 2019 With the help of some friends, the graduate ordered 95 pizzas and made about 400 hygiene packages, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and hand wipes, CNN reported. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Celebrates Graduation with Pizza Party for the Homeless: There Are People 'Who Need Help'," 4 June 2019 This one was made of grease, wipes and other waste that wedged into spaces between tree roots, clogging the sewer. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "'Fatberg' clogs pipes at Winton Woods causing sewage overflow; lake remains closed," 6 June 2019 Naturally, Shawn's fans are losing their minds over the thought of the singer moving through life without so much as a single face wipe. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes Says He Doesn’t Wash His Face, and Fans Are Freaking Out," 20 Apr. 2019 It was stocked with tubes of Vagisil, medicated vaginal wipes, pads. Sarah Chaves, Glamour, "I Poured Listerine on My Vulva In a Desperate Attempt to Cure a Yeast Infection," 11 Apr. 2019 Black Diamond's Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner also scored high in our tests, and the spray bottle makes spot cleaning as easy as a spritz and a wipe, especially on scuff marks. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Laminate Floors (Without Ruining Them)," 28 Mar. 2019 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

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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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