\ 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
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
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 gratingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of grate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their microplanes range in grate size from fine, coarse, extra coarse, to ribbon or shaver. Popular Science, "High-quality graters for cheese, citrus, spices, and more," 15 Jan. 2020 On May 18, 2019, two hunters at the Windsor Rod & Gun Club discovered a hole that was 2 feet wide and 6 feet long, hidden by grill grates and sticks. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Estranged husband of Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos has been released on bond," 9 Jan. 2020 Place the roast on an elevated grate over an aluminum roasting pan., "Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed Pork Loin," 6 Jan. 2020 In food processor fitted with large grating disk, grate carrots, potatoes, and onions. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Carrot Latkes," 3 Jan. 2020 The top of the ventilation shaft, which leads down to the Red Line tunnel, is covered by grates. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Part of downtown D.C. street closed amid concerns over weakened beams at Metro station," 21 Dec. 2019 Tiny piglets covered in birth fluid and blood stumble around on the metal grate floors. Wired, "Meet the Activists Risking Prison to Film VR in Factory Farms," 5 Dec. 2019 Cast iron grates are designed to be more suitable for charcoal burning. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for the Home Hearth," 20 Nov. 2019 More verbs mean more fun Previous SlideNext Slide Gooigi can get places that the meatsack version of Luigi cannot: through any sort of metal grate and material, in particular. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Luigi’s Mansion 3 review: The most “Nintendo” game from Nintendo in years," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a side note, iFixit tried grating cheese on the surface in reference to many jokes about the Mac Pro's appearance, but unsurprisingly found that it could not efficiently be used for that purpose. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Mac Pro teardown finds a largely traditional desktop inside," 17 Dec. 2019 For a delicious, easy and savory appetizer, roll up the crescent rolls with jarred pesto and grated Parmesan cheese. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "10 life-changing holiday kitchen hacks that will help you stress less, save time," 6 Dec. 2019 Infants are hardly the only passengers who can grate on your nerves. Anchorage Daily News, "Stuck with an annoying airline seatmate? Here’s what you can do about it.," 17 Nov. 2019 Whisk in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour mixture and 2 cups grated beets until just combined. Scrape into an oiled 8- by 8-inch metal baking pan. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Tricking your guests into eating vegetables with these recipes could be a treat for them," 21 Oct. 2019 Chop half the brussels sprouts into slivered slices; grate the other half for varied texture. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 The recipe uses three kinds of ginger — ground, crystallized and fresh grated. Chris Ross, Twin Cities, "Martha Stewart Living’s ‘Cookie Perfection’ timed for holiday baking," 11 Dec. 2019 The recipe uses three kinds of ginger — ground, crystallized and fresh grated. Chris Ross,, "Cookie is a triple treat for ginger lovers," 9 Dec. 2019 In a sure sign that the end is near, the retailers who hung on during the long years of decline are pulling their security grates down for good, their darkened windows advertising only the addresses of the stores’ new locations., "Amid holiday hoopla, silent nights for Hanover Mall - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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