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grate

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verb \ˈgrāt\

Definition of grate

grated

;

grating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  abrade

  3. 2 :  to reduce to small particles by rubbing on something rough grate cheese

  4. 3 :  fret, irritate

  5. 4a :  to gnash or grind noisilyb :  to cause to make a rasping soundc :  to utter in a harsh voice

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to rub or rasp noisily metal grating against metal

  8. 2 :  to cause irritation :  jar a voice that grates on the nerves

grater

noun

gratingly

play \ˈgrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of grate

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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grate

noun

Definition of grate

  1. 1a :  a barred frame for cooking over a fireb :  a frame or bed of iron bars to hold a stove or furnace firec :  fireplace

  2. 2 :  grating 2

  3. 3 obsolete :  cage, prison

Origin and Etymology of grate

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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grate

verb

Definition of grate

grated

;

grating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish with a grate the lower windows were grated

Origin and Etymology of grate

see 2grate


First Known Use: 1547

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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

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verb \ˈgrāt\

Definition of grate for Students

grated

;

grating

  1. 1 :  to break into small pieces by rubbing against something rough grate cheese

  2. 2 :  to grind or rub against something with a harsh noise

  3. 3 :  to have an irritating effect His voice grates on me.


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grate

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noun

Definition of grate for Students

  1. 1 :  a frame containing parallel or crossed bars (as in a window)

  2. 2 :  a frame of iron bars to hold a fire



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