wipe


wipe
1 verb
1 CLEAN/RUB (T)
a) to rub a surface with a cloth in order to remove dirt, liquid etc: I wiped the table with a damp cloth. | wipe your eyes (=stop crying or remove tears from your face)
b) to clean something by rubbing it against a surface: She wiped her hands on the back of her jeans.
2 REMOVE DIRT (transitive always + adv/prep) to remove liquid, dirt, or marks by wiping: Wipe any dirt from round the cap before unscrewing it. | wipe sth off/away from: I'll just wipe all these crumbs off the table.
3 COMPUTER/TAPE (T) to remove all the information that has been stored on a tape 1 (1a), video 1 (1,2), or computer disk 1
4 FORGET (T) to try to forget an unhappy or upsetting experience: I tried to wipe the whole experience from my mind.
5 wipe the floor with informal to defeat someone completely in a competition or argument
6 wipe the slate clean to agree to forget about mistakes or arguments that happened in the past
7 wipe the smile/grin off sb's face informal to make someone less pleased or satisfied, especially because they are annoying you: Tell him how much it'll cost - that should wipe the smile off his face!
8 wipe sth off the face of the earth/off the map to destroy something completely so that it no longer exists: Another few years and this species could be wiped off the face of the earth.
9 PLATES/CUPS ETC (I, T) BrE to dry plates, cups etc that have been washed: You wash, I'll wipe.
wipe sth down phrasal verb (T) to completely clean a surface using a wet cloth wipe out phrasal verb
1 (transitive wipe someone/something out) to destroy, remove, or get rid of something completely: Half the population was wiped out by plague.
2 (transitive wipe someone out) informal to make you feel extremely tired: The heat had wiped us out.
—see also: wiped out
3 (I) AmE to fall or hit another object when driving a car, bicycle etc
wipe sth up phrasal verb (T) to remove liquid from a surface using a cloth: I hastily wiped up the milk I had spilled. 2 noun (C)
1 a wiping movement with a cloth: An occasional wipe with a soft cloth will keep the surface shiny. | give sth a wipe: Give the baby's nose a wipe, would you?
2 a special piece of wet material that you use to clean something and then throw away: antiseptic wipes

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Synonyms:
(as with a cloth, in order to clean or dry) / / , , / , , , / , (Vanellus cristatus)


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