rip - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleripping
past tenseripped
past participleripped
  1. 1

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    to tear something quickly and with a lot of force

    Jodie ripped the letter open.

    Stop pulling my shirt – you’ll rip it.

    rip something to shreds (=destroy something completely by tearing it):

    Her skirt was ripped to shreds.

    rip something on something:

    I ripped my jeans on a sharp nail.

    rip at:

    The dog went wild, ripping at the tablecloth.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be torn

      It’ll rip if you keep pulling it.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to make a hole in something using force

      A bolt of lightning had ripped a hole in the door.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to remove something quickly by pulling hard
    rip something out/from/off/away/down etc:

    We’ve ripped out the old fireplace and put in a new one.

    He ripped off his shirt and dived into the water.

    Pictures had been ripped from the walls.

     Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    [transitive] to take something from someone in a way that seems unfair
    rip something from someone:

    She saw a second gold medal cruelly ripped from her grasp yesterday.

  4. 4
    [transitive] computing to copy music or video from a website or disc to a computer or hand-held device