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wipe

verb \ ˈwīp \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wipe

wiped; wiping
transitive verb
1 a : 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
2 a : to remove by or as if by rubbing
  • wipe the spots off the glass
b : to expunge completely
  • wipe from memory the gruesome scenes
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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

Examples of wipe in a Sentence

  1. Would you wipe the dishes?

  2. She wiped her eyes with a tissue.

  3. We were wiping the spots from the wine glasses.

  4. He wiped his hand across his forehead.

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Origin and Etymology of wipe

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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wipe

noun

Definition of wipe

1 a : blow, strike
b : jeer, gibe
2 a : 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

Examples of wipe in a Sentence

  1. With a wipe, the spill was gone.

Recent Examples of wipe from the Web

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First Known Use of wipe

1550

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WIPE Defined for English Language Learners

wipe

verb

Definition of wipe for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of wipe for English Language Learners

  • : a small, wet cloth that is used for cleaning

  • : an act of cleaning or drying something by using a towel, your hand, etc.


WIPE Defined for Kids

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wipe

verb \ ˈwīp \

Definition of wipe for Students

wiped; wiping
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.

wiper

noun
wipe out
: to destroy completely

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wipe

noun

Definition of wipe for Students

: an act of wiping : rub


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