\ 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 grate (audio) \ adverb

Examples of grate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Press your sponge down on the grate-like plastic top, and the dispenser will inject it full of suds. Popular Science, "The 8 most helpful new home products of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 J-Lo’s conservative beige heel gets stuck in a grate, and she almost gets taken out by a rolling dumpster, but luckily, Matthew McConaughey shows up to save her, knight-style. Emma Specter, Vogue, "27 Thoughts I Had While Rewatching The Wedding Planner," 7 Dec. 2020 After the flames wind down, the inner removable grate and the ash drain help with cleanup. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Portable Fire Pits to Bring From the Backyard to the Campsite," 10 Nov. 2020 The problem has been that the dice usually roll down the sewer grate. Scott Ostler,, "Klay Thompson injury sucks joy out of Warriors’ big draft night," 18 Nov. 2020 The Ironwood 885 is a tall and wide smoker with two levels of cooking surface, a larger grate on the bottom and a smaller shelf on top. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Smoking meat made easy: Traeger grill lets you concentrate on the meat, not the fire," 29 Oct. 2020 Place a box grater in a bowl and grate tomatoes’ cut sides on largest holes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Make a Really Beautiful Rice Bowl," 23 Sep. 2020 The camp site offers a steel fire ring with a cooking grate, a stone bench and a 10-ft. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Camp in a ‘tree house’ or gaze at the stars in the Fall sky: Valley Views," 18 Oct. 2020 Their wants and needs grate against each other, or overflow in a too-public setting, like when Colter’s unemployed barber loses it on Instagram after relapsing into an alcoholic funk. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But his sore loser routine is beginning to grate even on millions who voted for him. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Bad Exit," 20 Dec. 2020 Using a food processor fitted with coarse grating attachment, or the large holes of a box grater, grate the potatoes. Washington Post, "This crisp, classic potato latke recipe delivers a satisfying, celebratory crunch," 30 Nov. 2020 Loaded with an impressive variety of attachment blades, this processor can grate, shred, slice, whip, knead, and chop. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best food processor: Chop your way to easy meal prep," 13 Dec. 2020 And Arians continued to grate on Brady's supporters by staunchly defending his system and being openly critical of Brady for misreading coverages and not executing the play calls better. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Buccaneers' Tom Brady still wants to keep improving," 12 Dec. 2020 My favorite way to eat homemade ricotta is to spread it on a slice of crusty bread, drizzle it with honey and grate some black pepper on top. Washington Post, "How to make creamy ricotta at home in just 30 minutes," 7 Dec. 2020 If possible, buy a small chunk and grate it yourself as needed. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Keep biscuit calories in check replacing butter with reduced fat sour cream," 5 Nov. 2020 But the way the president has spoken in derogatory terms about Hispanics does grate on him. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Black, Latino Americans flock to polls amid deadly, difficult year for brown and Black people," 3 Nov. 2020 These calamitous times grate on the wellbeing of our children, particularly those already grappling with depression, anxiety and other mental illness. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "As anxiety and depression grow among Dallas kids, meet the man fighting on their behalf," 12 Oct. 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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27 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce grate (audio)

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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