- 1[transitive, intransitive] to tear something or to become torn, often suddenly or violently rip (something) I ripped my jeans on the fence. The flags had been ripped in two. The nail ripped a hole in my jacket. I heard the tent rip. rip something + adj. She ripped the letter open.
- 2[transitive] rip something + adv./prep. to remove something quickly or violently, often by pulling it He ripped off his tie. The carpet had been ripped from the stairs. Half of the house was ripped away in the explosion.
- 3 [transitive] rip something (computing) to copy sound or video files from a website or CD on to a computer
- 4 (computing) = rasterize Word Originverb late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin; compare with the verb reap. The noun dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples A huge fire ripped through the factory. He ripped open the plastic bag. I ripped my coat on a nail. The dog had ripped a cushion to shreds. The hounds fell on the fox and ripped it apart. He ripped up the letter. She’ll rip you to pieces if you try to keep her cub from her. The flag had been ripped in two countries ripped apart by fightingIdioms (informal) to speak or do something with great force, enthusiasm, etc. and without control When she gets angry with her boyfriend, she really lets rip at him. The group let rip with a single from their new album.
- 1to go or allow something such as a car to go as fast as possible Once on the open road, he let rip. Come on Steve—let her rip.
- 2to do something or to allow something to happen as fast as possible This would cause inflation to let rip again.
BrE BrE//rɪp//; NAmE NAmE//rɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rip
BrE BrE//rɪp//; NAmE NAmE//rɪp//he / she / it rips
BrE BrE//rɪps//; NAmE NAmE//rɪps//past simple ripped
BrE BrE//rɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪpt//past participle ripped
BrE BrE//rɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪpt//-ing form ripping
BrE BrE//ˈrɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪpɪŋ//