Definition of strip verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//strɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//strɪp//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strip
    BrE BrE//strɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//strɪp//
    he / she / it strips
    BrE BrE//strɪps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//strɪps//
    past simple stripped
    BrE BrE//strɪpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//strɪpt//
    past participle stripped
    BrE BrE//strɪpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//strɪpt//
    -ing form stripping
    BrE BrE//ˈstrɪpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrɪpɪŋ//
    Describing architecture, Parts of a car, Interior décor
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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 We stripped off and ran down to the water. 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. See related entries: Describing architecture, Interior décor
  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. See related entries: Interior décor
  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. See related entries: Parts of a car
  9. punishment
  10. 6[transitive] strip somebody of something to take away property or honours from somebody, as a punishment He was disgraced and stripped of his title.
  11. Word Originverb Middle English (as a verb): of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stropen. Extra examplesHe stripped off his shirt. He stripped to the waist and began to dig. Office workers stripped down to their shirtsleeves in the heatwave. Strip out any damaged wiring. The bark is stripped from the trees by hand. The president had been completely stripped of power. The room had been stripped bare by the thieves. We stripped all the paint off the walls. We stripped off and went for a swim. After the guests had gone, I stripped all the beds. He stood there stripped to the waist. Phrasal Verbsstrip somethingaway
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