verb (1)
\ ˈgrāt How to pronounce grate (audio) \
grated; grating

Definition of grate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : abrade
2 : to reduce to small particles by rubbing on something rough grate cheese
3 : fret, irritate
4a : 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



Definition of grate (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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 (2)
grated; grating

Definition of grate (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to furnish with a grate the lower windows were grated

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Other Words from grate

Verb (1)

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

Examples of grate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In our GH Institute Cleaning Lab tests, even grates from a charcoal smoker came out clean with virtually no effort, thanks to this product. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 Sprinkle on some grated colby jack cheese or crumble on some cotija. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have eggs and tortillas, you’ve got the start of a supremely satisfying meal," 12 July 2018 Dirty grill grates cause sticking and can impart nasty flavors. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Although there was plenty to dislike about the Ford EcoSport in general, its glossy-cased touchscreen display stuck out from its black matte surroundings like a sore thumb, really grating on me. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 Stir in 2 cups grated coconut and coat with 1 tablespoon red chile powder. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Cut corn from cob and toss in bowl with juice of 2 lime halves, then chopped cilantro, chopped green olives, grated Manchego cheese, and pinch each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Chicken with Smoky Corn Salad," 27 July 2018 Whisk 4 egg yolks and 2 whole eggs in a medium bowl until no streaks remain, then stir in remaining grated cheese. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Simple Carbonara," 19 Feb. 2018 Cheesy Crostini Total time: 8 minutes 8 slices baguette, sliced on bias 1 cup grated Jarlsberg or Gruyère cheese Heat broiler. Carla Hall, Redbook, "Carla Hall's Ultimate Comfort Soup," 25 Feb. 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Out front is one long unbroken run of rusting metal grates, beat-up signs, and decaying paint, while the area around back is littered with crushed beer cans, pillows, women’s lingerie, and signs of squatters. Alex Gailey,, "Battered storefronts undermine progress at Dudley Square," 25 June 2018 Floor Materials The floor of a greenhouse can be made of any number of materials, including gravel, wood decking, flagstone, metal grates, poured concrete, or just bare dirt. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 In the Evans’ brick rowhouse, its doors and windows secured by grates, the couple raised two children and sent them to college. Tim Prudente,, "‘The block took my baby’: Shooting haunts East Baltimore home of retirees, 'block captain'," 27 Apr. 2018 Carefully wipe preheated grates with a lightly oiled paper towel. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 The company rates the grate as being able to support 50 pounds of food. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Grills in America Reviewed," 3 Aug. 2017 Transfer pizza dough to hot grill grate, oiled side down, and cook, covered, until top begins to bubble and bottom is crisp, about 2 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "BBQ Italian Sausage and Pepper Pie," 28 July 2017 On Wednesday night, eight sewer grates were reported stolen near 1565 Broadway, the statement said. Alana Levene,, "300-pound sewer grates and drain covers stolen in Saugus," 4 May 2018 Shredded veggies Using a food processor to shred, grate, or slice hard-to-handle veggies (like Brussels sprouts) will cut your prep time in half. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here Are All the Different Ways to Use Your New Food Processor," 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of grate

Verb (1)

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


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

Verb (2)

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grate

Verb (1)

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

Noun and Verb (2)

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

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English Language Learners Definition of grate

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


\ 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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