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grate

verb \ ˈgrāt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of grate

grated; grating
transitive verb
1 archaic : abrade
2 : to reduce to small particles by rubbing on something rough
  • grate cheese
3 : fret, irritate
4 a : to gnash or grind noisily
b : to cause to make a rasping sound
c : to utter in a harsh voice
intransitive verb
1 : to rub or rasp noisily
  • metal grating against metal
2 : to cause irritation : jar
  • a voice that grates on the nerves

grater

noun

gratingly

play \ˈgrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of grate

Middle English, from Anglo-French grater to scratch, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krazzōn to scratch


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grate

noun

Definition of grate

1 a : a barred frame for cooking over a fire
b : a frame or bed of iron bars to hold a stove or furnace fire
c : fireplace
2 : grating 2
3 obsolete : cage, prison

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Origin and Etymology of grate

Middle English, from Medieval Latin crata, grata hurdle, alteration of Latin cratis — more at hurdle

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grate

verb

Definition of grate

grated; grating
transitive verb
: to furnish with a grate
  • the lower windows were grated

Origin and Etymology of grate

see 2grate

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GRATE Defined for English Language Learners

grate

noun

Definition of grate for English Language Learners

  • : a metal frame with bars across it that is used in a fireplace or to cover an opening


GRATE Defined for Kids

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grate

verb \ ˈgrāt \

Definition of grate for Students

grated; grating
1 : to break into small pieces by rubbing against something rough
  • grate cheese
2 : to grind or rub against something with a harsh noise
3 : to have an irritating effect
  • His voice grates on me.

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grate

noun

Definition of grate for Students

1 : a frame containing parallel or crossed bars (as in a window)
2 : a frame of iron bars to hold a fire


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