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verb strip pronunciation in British English /strɪp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestripping
past tensestripped
past participlestripped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to take off all of your clothes or all of another person’s clothes

    They all stripped and ran into the water.

    Josh was stripped to the waist (=naked above the waist).

    strip naked:

    The soldiers were forced to strip naked in freezing temperatures.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to take off your clothes as entertainment

      She made money stripping in bars.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to remove something that covers something
    strip something off/from something:

    The wind had stripped the leaves from the trees.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to take something such as a machine apart
  4. 4
    [transitive] to take something away using force or authority
    strip someone of something:

    They stripped the prisoners of weapons and cash.

    1. a.
      to remove everything useful from a room or a vehicle

      Thieves had stripped the car when police found it.


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