grate

verb (1)
\ ˈgrāt \
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

grate

noun

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

grate

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 \ adverb

Examples of grate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Unfold the pastry gently, and to prevent sticking, roll the sheet out on a surface dusted with flour, cinnamon sugar, or grated cheese, depending on whether your recipe is sweet or savory. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018 Place them, buttered sides down, in the skillet or on the cooking grates to toast for 2 to 3 minutes total. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Along with the broccoli rabe mixture, mix ¾ cup finely grated pecorino Romano into the ground lamb. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Slice tomato in half and grate the pulpy flesh on the large holes of a grater; discard the skin. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Place them, buttered sides down, in the skillet or on the cooking grates to toast for 2 to 3 minutes total. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 In large bowl, lightly beat 1 large egg, then add dried unseasoned breadcrumbs, chopped dill, mint, parsley, and finely grated lemon zest. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Skillet Meatballs," 24 Oct. 2018 Place them, buttered sides down, in the skillet or on the cooking grates to toast for 2 to 3 minutes total. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Place them, buttered sides down, in the skillet or on the cooking grates to toast for 2 to 3 minutes total. Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Wednesday night, eight sewer grates were reported stolen near 1565 Broadway, the statement said. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "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 As Veronica and the gang create a diversion, Archie sneaks out of the arena through a loose grate and tries to get Mad Dog to come with him. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Is Officially Out of Control," 15 Nov. 2018 The furniture is brown, so too the walls and art—darkened by centuries of peat burning in grates—as well as the cuisine, in which hearty gravy is a staple, and the occupants' tweed outfits. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 Coarsely grate half the apple and cut the other half into 1/4-inch pieces. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Pie-Spiced Apple Fritters," 24 Sep. 2018 Lift up slightly from one edge to see if skin is puffed and lightly charred and easily releases from grate. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Spiced Snapper with Mango and Red Onion Salad," 28 May 2018 In food processor fitted with large grating disk, grate potatoes, parsnips, and onion (or use large holes of box grater). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Parsnip-Potato Latkes with Quick Sautéed Apples," 27 Nov. 2018 Courtesy of Wolf and Grizzly Portable grill: Nothing beats cooking over a fire, but remote destinations don’t come with a fire ring and grate. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of grate

Verb (1)

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

Noun

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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More Definitions for grate

grate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grate

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

grate

verb
\ ˈgrāt \
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.

grate

noun

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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