From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwipewipe1 /waɪp/ ●●● S3 verb 1 clean/rub [transitive] a) CLEANto rub a surface with something in order to remove dirt, liquid etcwipe something with something Wipe the table with a damp cloth. Bill wiped his eyes (=wiped the tears from his face) and apologized. He pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his nose. b) to clean something by rubbing it against a surfacewipe something on something He wiped his mouth on the back of his hand.► see thesaurus at clean2 remove dirt [transitive always + adverb/preposition]CLEAN to remove liquid, dirt, or marks by wipingwipe something off/from etc something Kim wiped the sweat from her face.3 computer/tape [transitive]TCRTD to remove all the information that is stored on a tape, video, or computer disk4 → wipe something from your mind/memory5 → wipe the floor with somebody6 → wipe the slate clean7 → wipe the smile/grin off somebody’s face8 → wipe something off the face of the earth/wipe something off the map9 plates/cups etc [intransitive, transitive]DHC to dry plates, cups etc that have been washed syn dry You wash, I’ll wipe. → wipe something ↔ away → wipe something ↔ down → wipe something off something → wipe out → wipe something ↔ up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuswipe• Dunne put his sleeve to the glass and wiped a half circle clean.• Finally, used lemon halves are perfect for wiping away smells from chopping boards.• Every memory, every thought, every trace of her identity was wiped from her mind.• He was so fastidious that he invariably wiped his cutlery with eighteen linen napkins before every meal.• Wiping his oily hands on a piece of cloth, he reached into his pocket and handed me the bill.• If you spill any paint, wipe it up immediately.• Ask the waitress to wipe off the table.• On the other hand, to establish a religion that would wipe out all chance of internal troubles.• All she had loved, wiped out in a second.• But in other places, those who resisted were wiped out to the man.• To have these hostages to fortune wipes the smile from many a woman's face.• The waiter was wiping the tables.• Wipe up all that mess before you begin cooking.• Wipe your face. There's chocolate all around your mouth.• Wipe your feet before you come in.wiped ... eyes• When I tried to get Chizuko to talk some more, she merely wiped her eyes and apologized for causing a scene.• I wiped my eyes and felt a bit better, knowing that Granny was taking my message with her to heaven.• She wiped her eyes and let the clutch in.• His voice quivered with emotion, he sniffed and wiped his eyes and took some time to recover.• Omite wiped her eyes as she ate.• She wiped her eyes as she spoke of her friend, whom she had not seen since they were children.• She wiped her eyes with a lace handkerchief and he caught the drift of her exotic scent.• Marie Fermoyle turned the sputtering steak, then wiped her eyes with the dish towel.