\ 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 With a wadded paper towel, quickly brush the grates with oil. 2. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: Char cabbage wedges on the grill before mixing them with spicy mayo for this slaw," 27 Aug. 2019 The cook can control the beats that guests hear by strategically placing food on the grill grates, and the contraption uses computer vision and machine learning to really elevate the show. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "McCormick unveils all-in-one BBQ grill and DJ mixing station," 21 June 2019 Make reservations in advance for individual sites ($15 per night) and group sites ($60 per night), both of which include a picnic table and fire grate with grill. National Geographic, "Find epic stargazing at ‘New Mexico’s Machu Picchu’," 25 Mar. 2019 If the skin sticks to the grate, then slide the spatula between the flesh and the skin to get the fish off the grill in one beautiful piece. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Carla Hall recipe: Grilled Salmon with Mustard Sauce," 31 Aug. 2019 Spray the meat on the skewers generously with vegetable oil spray and line the skewers up on the grate, placing them close together. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anti-inflammatory diet: a food fight against disease," 27 Aug. 2019 Cook the foil boats over a fire, whether on a grate or directly in coals. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What Colorado’s top chefs cook when they go camping," 12 Aug. 2019 Elevated warming rack Anybody who has ever attempted to toast buns or bread directly on the grill grates has burned them so badly, the result was an embarrassment of char. Chuck Blount,, "The 6 best new grilling gadgets to buy now," 5 Aug. 2019 Use tongs to arrange chicken, skin side down, in a single uncrowded layer on the grates. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Homemade harissa sauce sparks ordinary grilled chicken," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cooking eggplant in this primal way — putting the uncut vegetable directly on the grill grates — always excites me. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "This silky and smoky grilled eggplant salad makes a sumptuous side," 25 July 2019 Make the filling: Finely grate 1 tablespoon zest from the limes into a large bowl, then halve the limes and squeeze ½ cup juice. Genevieve Ko,, "The best Key lime pie recipe? It’s from Nicole Rucker of Fiona bakery," 2 July 2019 Finely grate zest of remaining lemon into a food processor and squeeze in 3 Tbsp juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Salmon with Creamy Feta Cucumbers," 29 Apr. 2019 Measuring Cups Microplane Large Bowl Fork Flexible Metal Spatula Chef's Knife Parchment Paper Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 400°. Finely grate zest of 1 lemon with a microplane into a large bowl. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Easy Blueberry Cream Scones," 21 May 2018 With a wadded paper towel, quickly brush the grill grates with oil. 2., "Recipe: Grilled flank steak with carbon tomatoes, guajillo chile salsa, and queso fresco," 14 Aug. 2019 Oil the cooking grates and place the wings on the cool zone of the grill, cook with the lid on for 30-40 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees., "Recipe: Orange-Honey Sriracha Wings," 5 Aug. 2019 Brush or spray the grill grates with vegetable oil to prevent lobster from sticking. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "3 Fancy But Easy BBQ Recipes to Grill Before Summer Is Over," 30 Aug. 2018 Do not spray the grill grates with oil; this causes excess smoke and unnecessary goopy buildup on the grates. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018

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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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27 Oct 2019

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

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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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