Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rip”

See all translations

rip

verb uk   /rɪp/ (-pp-) us  

rip verb (TEAR)

B2 [I or T] to pull apart; to tear or be torn violently and quickly: His new trousers ripped when he bent down. I ripped my shirt on a nail. [+ obj + adj ] She excitedly ripped the parcel open. The wind ripped the flag to/into shreds (= into little pieces).C1 [T + adv/prep] to remove something quickly, without being careful: I wish the old fireplaces hadn't been ripped out. We ripped up the carpets and laid a new wooden floor.
More examples

rip verb (COPY)

[T] to copy pictures or sounds from a CD or DVD onto a computer: How do I rip a DVD movie to my hard drive?

rip

noun [C] uk   /rɪp/ ( plural -pp-) us  

rip noun [C] (TEAR)

a tear in a piece of cloth or paper: Your sleeve has got a rip in it.

rip noun [C] (COPY)

a copy of a CD or DVD that you make on a computer: illegal rips of copyrighted music
(Definition of rip verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rip?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rip” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More