1 [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.2 [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.