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

For instance, house-brand disinfectant wipes from Costco or BJ's Wholesale Club work just as well as name brands to clean desks. Author: Laura Daily, Anchorage Daily News, "How to save money during back-to-school mania this year," 11 Aug. 2019 Wet wipes, for example, tend to collect in sewer lines and form masses known as fatbergs that cost U.S. municipalities about $1 billion a year. Olivia Rockeman, latimes.com, "P&G hopes to develop recyclable diapers in battle against waste," 3 July 2019 Bost wipes his face with spicebush leaves, a natural repellent for a cloud of gnats. Robert Langellier, National Geographic, "A legendary Ozark chestnut tree, thought extinct, is rediscovered," 24 June 2019 At the end of each browsing session, everything gets wiped, including cookies left behind by sites and the browsing history inside the Tor Browser app itself. David Nield, WIRED, "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser," 16 June 2019 The statement above wipes several lives of careful scholarship off the map (including the work of Trude Dothan, Seymour Gitin, and Lawrence Stager). G.w. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books, "The Pirates of Palestine?," 6 June 2019 Sharon Warden, center, wipes down a KitchenAid mixer at the Greenville, Ohio, factory. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers. ‘It’s Not a Dead-End Job Anymore.’," 22 Feb. 2019 The movie wipes away everything but Carpenter’s first film. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The new Halloween is a slasher movie with an actual message," 19 Oct. 2018 One pale hairless gentleman repeatedly wipes at an invisible smudge on the table in front of him. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition, Edelman has her students wipe down doorknobs, computer mouses, and keyboards with disinfectant wipes. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "I Have a Compromised Immune System—I Rely on Herd Immunity to Live," 26 Aug. 2019 A few of the reactions are quite literally just screaming at him to wash his face: Someone, please, get this dude a facial wipe. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Shawn Mendes Says He Doesn’t Wash His Face, and Fans Are Freaking," 19 Apr. 2019 Just remember, cleanliness is godliness, so give it a good wipe down after every use to keep it pretty. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "The 6 best new grilling gadgets to buy now," 5 Aug. 2019 Prince had a similar experience at Hogs for the Cause, which provided a private tent, along with wipes and a changing pad. Haley Correll, al, "Is Jazz Fest kid-friendly? It depends on the age of your kids," 22 Apr. 2019 So clean your phone with a disinfecting wipe weekly, says microbiologist Charles Gerba, Ph.D. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "What's Your Health Confession?," 15 Feb. 2012 Meeker wrote that police found those bloody wipes, and beer bottles that the friend described, in a trash can at a gas station next to the mall. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose teacher homicide: Son on probation for previous attack on mother," 24 July 2019 Use hand sanitizer or hand wipes instead of soap and water for washing. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "What you should and shouldn’t do in Fort Lauderdale’s water crisis," 18 July 2019 The bowl, wipes, and toy retail for $35, $20 and $23, respectively. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Fable's Amazing New Dog Crate Doubles as a Stylish Side Table," 17 July 2019

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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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