- 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 sniffing and wiping her eyes with a tissue. wipe something + adj. He wiped his plate clean with a piece of bread.
- 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 make-up. Use that cloth to wipe up the mess.
- 3to remove information, sound, images, etc. from a computer, video, etc. synonym erase wipe something off (something) You must have wiped off that programme I recorded. wipe something Somebody had wiped all the tapes.
- 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. Word Origin Old English wīpian, of Germanic origin; related to whip.Extra examples He paused to wipe the sweat from his forehead. He wiped the marks off the wall. I wiped up the spilled wine. She gently wiped the tears from her eyes. She wiped her hands on the towel. The disease has been effectively wiped out. The plastic surface can be easily wiped. The regiment was virtually wiped out in the first battle. When you’ve finished with it, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth. pollution that threatens to wipe out 100 000 fish You must have wiped off that show I recorded.Idioms (informal) to defeat somebody completely in an argument or a competition
BrE BrE//waɪp//; NAmE NAmE//waɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wipe
BrE BrE//waɪp//; NAmE NAmE//waɪp//he / she / it wipes
BrE BrE//waɪps//; NAmE NAmE//waɪps//past simple wiped
BrE BrE//waɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//waɪpt//past participle wiped
BrE BrE//waɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//waɪpt//-ing form wiping
BrE BrE//ˈwaɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪpɪŋ//
to destroy or remove somebody/something completely to agree to forget about past mistakes or arguments and start again with a relationship Phrasal Verbswipe somethingdownwipe something off somethingwipe outwipe somebodyoutwipe out somebody