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1 a forceful effort to reach a goal or objective
  • another generation of scientists entered the fray to find a cure for AIDS

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2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups
  • a troubled youth always getting into frays at school

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3 a rough and often noisy fight usually involving several people
  • school officials broke up the fray and gave all guilty parties detention

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Synonyms of fray (Entry 2 of 2)

to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • constant rubbing against the rock face has badly frayed our climbing rope

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

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“Fray.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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