\ ˈgrāt How to pronounce grate (audio) \

Definition of grate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2a : 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
3 obsolete : cage, prison


verb (1)
grated; grating

Definition of grate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to furnish with a grate the lower windows were grated


verb (2)
grated; grating

Definition of grate (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to small particles by rubbing on something rough grate cheese
2 : fret, irritate
3a : to gnash or grind noisily
b : to cause to make a rasping sound
c : to utter in a harsh voice
4 archaic : abrade

intransitive verb

1 : to rub or rasp noisily metal grating against metal
2 : to cause irritation : jar a voice that grates on the nerves

Other Words from grate

Verb (2)

grater noun
gratingly \ ˈgrā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce grate (audio) \ adverb

Examples of grate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lockable grill grate gives you smoked flavor and heat but stops food from falling out of the basket. Nicole Charky-chami, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Aug. 2022 Naturally, the set of photos also finds the two-time Grammy-winning artist standing over a grate of sorts. Anna Chan, Billboard, 22 July 2022 The Ninja AG301 Foodi Indoor Grill and Air Fryer comes with a grill grate, 4-quart crisper basket, 6-quart cooking pot, a cleaning brush and even a 15-recipe cookbook created by actual chefs. Joe Morales, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2022 Those swabs returned a cluster of positives in the south-western corner of the market—on a glove found on one of the stalls, from a grate under one of the cages. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 Three bears were rescued from a sewer grate in Simsbury Wednesday afternoon after being stuck underground overnight. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 Prosecutors said a 16-year-old girl was stabbed and her mother was threatened with a makeshift weapon — a roughly 2-foot long trench drainage grate. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 For a top-quality barrel smoker priced well under $300, the Smokin' Pro 830 is a terrific dual-compartment smoker, featuring an impressive 830 square inches of cooking space and a three-position fire grate in the main compartment. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 10 July 2022 When ready to grill, spray a cold grill grate with grilling spray and turn grill to medium-high heat. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its also great to grate fresh nutmeg, hard cheeses and fresh ginger. cleveland, 26 May 2022 Using the holes of a large grater, grate the butter into the dry ingredients. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 The didacticism can sometimes grate, but in general Special succeeds at prioritizing songcraft over sloganeering. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 July 2022 Using a fine grater, grate the cotija cheese over the platter. Von Diaz, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 The hour, both brisk and sedate, was hosted by Darren Criss and Julianne Hough, whose cheerleader pep seemed to grate even on themselves. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Streaming, the cheap and convenient format that came to rule the industry in the past decade, has begun to grate on a diverse range of artists and listeners. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 June 2022 There’s also a lack of subtlety that begins to grate after a while. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2022 To get the juice, peel and grate a cucumber, then wrap in a clean dish towel and squeeze juice into a dish. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grate


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1547, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for grate

Noun and Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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“Grate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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\ ˈgrāt How to pronounce grate (audio) \
grated; grating

Kids Definition of grate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of grate (Entry 2 of 2)

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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