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verb [transitive]     wipe pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewiping
past tensewiped
past participlewiped
  1. 1
    to clean or dry something by moving a cloth or something soft over it

    Let me just wipe the table before you sit down.

    Wipe your mouth. You’ve got chocolate all over it.

    She wiped away her tears.

    wipe something with something:

    He wiped his mouth with his serviette.

    1. a.
      to clean or dry something by moving it over a surface
      wipe your hands/feet:

      Wipe your hands before touching food!

      wipe something on something:

      I wish you wouldn’t wipe your hands on your clothes!

    2. b.
      to remove dirt or liquid from something, using a cloth or your hands
      wipe something from/off something:

      He wiped the sweat from his forehead.

    3. c.
      to dry dishes with a cloth after washing them
  2. 2
    to apply a substance to a surface by moving a cloth, a piece of paper, or your finger over it
    wipe something with/around etc something:

    She shook the thermometer vigorously, and then wiped the end with antiseptic.

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  3. 3
    British to remove information from a computer disk or from a video or audio tape

    Did you wipe the hard drive?

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