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



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 \ adverb

Examples of grate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Or, cut up leftover chicken and make a salad that includes crushed taco chips, veggies and grated cheese. Jackie Pilossoph,, "8 ways simplify and enhance your family dinner experience," 28 June 2018 Prepare the sauce, whisking together sour cream, mayonnaise, Parmesan, lemon zest, Tabasco, grated onion and mustard. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 For him, there is no quiet meal of tripe grated with cheese. Carolina A. Miranda,, "For Anthony Bourdain, food was just the entry point for a much wider cultural discussion," 8 June 2018 The only story of transition to grate on me in this episode was in the farewell to Shogun World. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Westworld: From Cradle to Grave," 28 May 2018 Just before adding the food to the grill, scrape the heated grill grates clean. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 While the world faced a mountain of grating emails about new European Union privacy rules, one of the law’s architects says her inbox barely registered a ripple. Bloomberg, Fortune, "GDPR Architect Says She Hardly Got Any Data Privacy Emails," 6 June 2018 Makes 1 cup 3 large eggs 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest 1⁄3 cup maple syrup 1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice 1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 1. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Re-Create Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Cake," 3 May 2018 Years before diplomats in Cuba were assailed by grating noises and left with baffling brain injuries, the residents of a Canadian city began hearing maddening hums and rumbles. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "This Canadian city is plagued by an obnoxious humming—and it’s getting worse," 20 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For extra gunk-fighting power, spray the grates with lemon juice or our old friend white vinegar first. Meghan Overdeep, ajc, "Why you should be cleaning your grill with an onion," 2 July 2018 When the grate is rolled up at Déviant, the restaurant is ready. Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the Raucous New Paris Restaurant, Déviant," 4 June 2018 On her way to retrieve him, however, Nya falls prey to a group of men hiding under a sewer grate., "How Does The First Purge Deal With Sexual Assault?," 6 July 2018 One lifts a large grate from the floor of the lazy river. Mari A. Schaefer,, "WATCH: Pa. Corrections officer saves boy trapped underwater in pool drain," 30 Apr. 2018 Place a large cast-iron skillet on the grates directly over the fire. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Place the pork butt on the grates of the smoker (not in a pan or tray) fat side down for 12 hours until tender. Kelly Vaughan,, "BBQ Recipes," 22 June 2018 Kate got her black stiletto heel caught in a grate during a royal outing in February. Erin Hill,, "Kate Middleton Just Proved She Can Do Anything in a Pair of Sky-High Wedges: See the Photos!," 11 June 2018 To increase or decrease the heat on an Argentinian-style parrilla grill, like the Grillworks or NorthFork, simply raise or lower the grill grate with the flywheel. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018

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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


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

Verb (2)

see grate entry 2

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The first known use of grate was in the 14th century

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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 \
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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