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Definition of strip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strip
    he / she / it strips
    past simple stripped
    -ing form stripping
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    take off clothes
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to take off all or most of your clothes or another person's clothes synonym undress I stripped and washed myself all over. They ordered us to strip and lie down on the grass. strip down to something She stripped down to her underwear. strip something off She stripped off her clothes and got into bed. strip somebody (to something) He stood there stripped to the waist (= he had no clothes on the upper part of his body). strip somebody + adj. He was stripped naked and left in a cell.
  2. 2[intransitive] to take off your clothes as a form of entertainment; to perform a striptease
  3. remove layer
  4. 3[transitive] to remove a layer from something, especially so that it is completely exposed strip something (off) Strip off all the existing paint. After the guests had gone, I stripped all the beds (= removed all the sheets in order to wash them). strip A off/from B Deer had stripped all the bark off the tree. strip B of A Deer had stripped the tree of its bark.
  5. remove everything
  6. 4[transitive] to remove all the things from a place and leave it empty strip something (out) We had to strip out all the old wiring and start again. strip something + adj. Thieves had stripped the house bare.
  7. machine
  8. 5[transitive] strip something (down) to separate a machine, etc. into parts so that they can be cleaned or repaired synonym dismantle He strips and cleans his rifle every morning. They taught us how to strip down a car engine and put it back together again.
  9. punishment
  10. 6[transitive] strip somebody of something to take away property or honors from someone, as a punishment He was disgraced and stripped of his title.
  11. screw/gear
  12. 7[transitive] strip something to damage a screw or gear It's possible that the gears are stripped on the motor.
  13. Phrasal Verbsstrip somethingaway
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: strip