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verb rip pronunciation in American English /rɪp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleripping
past tenseripped
past participleripped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] 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 his shirt off and dived into the water.
    Pictures had been ripped from the walls.
  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.



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