\ 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 To experience real outrage calibrate your oven, simply park the probe inside (using either a grate clip or an all-metal binder clip), crank the heat to 400 degrees, and see what the thermometer says. Mackenzie Fegan And Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "An Oven Thermometer Will Reveal If Your Oven Is Lying to You," 25 June 2020 Reviewers say the back grate can also be removed by taking out 5 easy-to-reach screws for a more thorough wipedown. Braelyn Wood,, "This Holmes Blizzard Fan Is Small But Powerful–and Over 1,800 Shoppers Love Its Easy-to-Clean Design," 6 June 2020 Remove the grill grates, along with any heat-dissipating panels and other easily removable parts. Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, "How to get your grill ready for summer," 15 May 2020 Place the burgers on the grill grate and cook, waiting for at least 4 minutes before flipping. Saveur, "How to Cook a Burger," 22 Apr. 2020 Entry was gained by prying off the secure grate on the rear window. Deborah Kadin,, "Elmwood Park, River Grove police: Two charged with domestic battery," 9 Dec. 2019 Place both racks of ribs on the main cooking grate as far away from the heat source as possible., "Recipe: Mediterranean Smoked Lamb Ribs," 4 Nov. 2019 Picnic tables, fire rings, barbecue grates and restrooms were installed, and the parking lot was expanded. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Archive photos: Baker Beach’s beautiful vistas — and deadly history," 11 Mar. 2020 A few cages over, another ferret put its claws to the grate and wiggled its nose at me. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Sweet face, sharp claws: Louisville Zoo specializes in breeding a tiny endangered animal," 24 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Better yet, grate them both before sealing in plastic bags to freeze. Paul Stephen,, "Cooking with Paul: Your guide to storing and freezing cheese," 6 June 2020 The solution then is to grate the cheese fresh off the block or skip the grating process completely, says Mary Rizzo, owner of The Cheese Traveler shop in Albany, New York. Popular Science, "Almost everything you know about cheese is wrong," 4 June 2020 Shortcrust pastry, aside from taking the frustration out of rolling and fitting pastry into your tart or pie dish, is fun to grate, fun to press and results in an incredibly crispy, buttery crunch. Olga Massov, Washington Post, "Banana, dulce de leche and a press-in crust: There’s every reason to make this banoffee pie," 16 Dec. 2019 Now that many people around the world are weeks or months into staying home as much as possible, the flaws of working, schooling and socializing through screens are starting to grate. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "I’m Grateful for Bad Virtual Life," 30 Apr. 2020 In a skillet, heat a couple glugs olive oil over medium heat and use a microplane to grate in 2 cloves garlic. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "This Broccoli Rabe is Incredibly Garlicky But Who Are You Kissing Anyway?," 28 Apr. 2020 Having delicious cheese on hand to grate over it helps, too. Alex Darus, cleveland, "5 healthy lunches you can make at home in less than 15 minutes," 16 Apr. 2020 Use a microplane grater to grate the cheese finely. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "What to cook this week: 8 starter pantry cuisine recipes with easy variations," 6 Apr. 2020 Everything about him seemed to grate on Jake, including Dave’s car—a white Ford station wagon with flames painted on it. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The Killing of a Colorado Rancher," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 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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