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

Verb (1) he raked repeatedly through his luggage, hoping that in one of the bags he would find his lost passport before his flight's departure Noun (2) the floor of the auditorium doesn't have much of a rake, so sightlines for spectators in the rear are not good Noun (3) was often spotted in sordid places that reinforced a reputation as one of the city's most notorious rakes
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Gerrit Cole spent most of the season watching those two rake from the sidelines, but the reigning American League Cy Young will make his second start back from elbow inflammation on Tuesday. Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News, 24 June 2024 On Loch Raven Boulevard the other day, a platoon of workers with shovels and rakes pulled fresh, dark mulch from large trucks. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 12 Mar. 2024 On his first day at the harvest, Johnson, the fisherman from Nova Scotia, was handed a rake. Kate Olson, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2024 The set includes a rake, hoe cultivator, transplanter, hand fork, trowel, and hand hoe, as well as a multi-purpose basket with airflow holes and a foam kneeler. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rake 

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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 21 Jul. 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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