American English

Definition of wipe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wipe
    he / she / it wipes
    past simple wiped
    -ing form wiping
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  1. 1to rub something against a surface, in order to remove dirt or liquid from it; to rub a surface with a cloth, etc. in order to clean it wipe something (on something) Please wipe your feet on the mat. He wiped his hands on a clean towel. wipe something with something She was sniffling and wiping her eyes with a tissue. wipe something + adj. He wiped his plate clean with a piece of bread.
  2. 2to remove dirt, liquid, etc. from something by using a cloth, your hand, etc. wipe something (from/off something) He wiped the sweat from his forehead. (figurative) Wipe that stupid smile off your face. wipe something away/off/up She wiped off her makeup. Use that cloth to wipe up the mess.
  3. 3to remove information, sound, images, etc. from a computer, tape, or video synonym erase wipe something off (something) You must have wiped off that program I recorded. wipe something Somebody had wiped all the tapes.
  4. 4to deliberately forget an experience because it was unpleasant or embarrassing synonym erase wipe something from something I tried to wipe the whole episode from my mind. wipe something out You can never wipe out the past.
  5. Idioms
    wipe/mop the floor with somebody (informal)
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    to defeat someone completely in an argument or a competition
    wipe somebody/something off the face of the earth, wipe something off the map
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    to destroy or remove someone or something completely
    wipe the slate clean
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    to agree to forget about past mistakes or arguments and start again with a relationship
    Phrasal Verbswipe somethingdownwipe something off somethingwipe outwipe somebodyoutwipe somebody/somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wipe