\ 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

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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 Martinez or his grill man Alberto Vasquez will lay the round tlayuda on a grate over live mesquite coals. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Working over a bowl, pass warm potatoes through a ricer or grate on medium holes of a box grater. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 The cabin features a large deck overlooking the San Francisco mountains, while a fire ring and grill grate allow for home cooking. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 13 Apr. 2022 After the smoke from her traditional fire pit began to irritate her neighbors, Erica Wides, chef, cooking teacher, and food-media host, purchased a Breeo X Series 19 with the adjustable grate and sear plate add-ons. Hannah Selinger, Outside Online, 4 Apr. 2022 Evison’s writing is best when his powerful feelings for injustice and privilege grate against one another, producing some effective ironies. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Another popular method is to bake biscuits spread out on the grate to see which ones rise and finish first. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Dec. 2021 Today our firefighters were dispatched for a dog with his paws trapped in a metal grate. Globe Staff,, 27 Nov. 2021 As Regan spoke, a large flame danced behind a metal grate across the street, shooting plumes of smoke into the sky. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 At those lofty prices, and given the Grand Cherokee's overall refinement, the plug-in hybrid's rough edges begin to grate. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2022 Use a box grater to grate tomato into a small mixing bowl. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 5 May 2021 Meanwhile, grate one pound of the cheese on the large holes of a box grater. USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Mince or finely grate 3 garlic cloves and add them to the skillet. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 Cut ginger into thin slices, stack slices and cut into thin strips or grate and add to garlic. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2022 All that’s required of you is to chop up a bunch of broccoli and scallions, grate some very sharp cheddar, and mix it all into the ground meat. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 In Hong Kong, China’s most global metropolis, which has for decades positioned itself as a center of finance and international law, restrictions have begun to grate on residents. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 5 Feb. 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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The first known use of grate was in the 14th century

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14 May 2022

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“Grate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for grate


\ 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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