Meaning of “wipe” in the English Dictionary

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"wipe" in British English

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wipeverb [ T ]

uk /waɪp/ us /waɪp/

B2 to slide something, especially a piece of cloth, over the surface of something else, in order to remove dirt, food, or liquid:

Do you have some paper towels that I can wipe the floor with?
I'll just get a sponge and wipe the crumbs off the table.
Don't wipe your nose on your sleeve!
Someone has wiped their dirty hands on my nice clean towel!

More examples

  • Don't wipe your grubby hands on my clean towel!
  • Please wipe your feet before you come into the house.
  • She wiped her floury hands on a cloth.
  • She wiped her eye make-up off with a cotton wool pad.
  • The nurse wiped my fevered brow.

wipenoun [ C ]

uk /waɪp/ us /waɪp/

(Definition of “wipe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wipe" in American English

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wipeverb [ T ]

us /wɑɪp/

to slide something over the surface of something else, in order to remove dirt, food, or liquid:

Please wipe your feet before you come into the house.
She gently wiped and cleaned her scraped knee.
[ M ] Just take the sponge in the sink and wipe the table off.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “wipe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wipe" in Business English

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wipeverb [ T ]

uk /waɪp/ us IT

if someone or something wipes a computer's, phone's, etc. memory, it removes all the data from the memory:

The virus wipes the memory of any computer that downloads the file.

(Definition of “wipe” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)