rake

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noun (1)

1
a
: an implement equipped with projecting prongs to gather material (such as leaves) or for loosening or smoothing the surface of the ground
b
: a machine for gathering hay
2
: an implement like a rake

rake

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verb (1)

raked; raking

transitive verb

1
: to gather, loosen, or smooth with or as if with a rake
rake leaves into a pile
2
: to gain rapidly or in abundance
usually used with in
rake in a fortune
3
a
: to touch in passing over lightly
4
: to censure severely
5
: to search through : ransack
6
: to sweep the length of especially with gunfire : enfilade
7
: to glance over rapidly
raker noun

rake

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noun (2)

1
: inclination from the perpendicular
especially : the overhang of a ship's bow or stern
2
: inclination from the horizontal : slope
3
: the angle between the top cutting surface of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the work

rake

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verb (2)

raked; raking

intransitive verb

: to incline from the perpendicular

rake

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noun (3)

: a dissolute person : libertine

Examples of rake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This three-piece garden tool set includes a hand rake, transplant trowel, and hand trowel to help with planting, weeding, digging, and everything in between. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Apr. 2024 Officers were seen carrying rakes and buckets into the woods, per WSYR-TV. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 In order to lure players, some poker sites return some of that rake back to the players. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 8 Jan. 2024 The pair had their arms wrapped around each other, both wearing casual t-shirts under their suit jackets like a couple of modern-day rakes. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 10 Mar. 2024 Within the family, he was known as something of a free-spirited rake. Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Such an experience is not limited to tennis rackets but includes every tool humans create and master: brooms, rakes, spoons, fishing rods, needles, saws, pencils, paintbrushes, saxophones, computer mice, prosthetics, wheelchairs and far more. Chip Colwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Through vibrations, the rake becomes an ersatz hand. Chip Colwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 According to the Ledyard Police Department, the Ledyard Emergency Communications Center received a call on Saturday around 10:14 a.m. from a woman who reported that one of her neighbors was digging up her front yard with a rock rake and refusing to leave. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 16 Jan. 2024
Verb
Volunteers will help with raking and mulching to prepare the area for native plants. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 7 Apr. 2024 Wear a mask to avoid inhaling fungal spores stirred up by raking. USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 At least 140 people died when attackers stormed Crocus City Hall, a shopping and entertainment complex on Moscow’s northwestern edge, first raking concertgoers with gunfire and then setting the venue ablaze. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 During the growing season, raking needs to be done to loosen the soil for the seed to settle into. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 3 Feb. 2024 The production moved up shooting to Saturday, ahead of a major storm that was expected to rake across California from Sunday through Tuesday. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 4 Feb. 2024 Essentially, the soil loosens itself, eliminating the need for raking. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 3 Feb. 2024 The image appears to be an aerial view of geographic flux, perhaps a rocky landscape raked by waters from a melting glacier. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 The back of the coat is slightly longer than the front, giving our tester just enough freedom to do some yard work (like raking leaves) without any of her movements being restricted. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English racu; akin to Old High German rehho rake

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Noun (3)

short for rakehell

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1691, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1687, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rake was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near rake

Cite this Entry

“Rake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rake. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

rake

1 of 3 noun
1
: a garden tool with a long handle and prongs at the end
2
: a machine for gathering hay

rake

2 of 3 verb
raked; raking
1
: to gather, loosen, or smooth with or as if with a rake
rake leaves
raking in money
2
a
: to touch in passing over lightly
3
: to search through : ransack
rake the records for evidence
4
: to sweep the length of with or as if with gunfire
raker noun

rake

3 of 3 noun
Etymology

Noun

Old English racu "a tool for gathering up grass or straw"

Noun

a shortened form of earlier rakehell (same meaning)

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