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grate2

grate2

 
pronunciation:
greIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: grated, grates, grating
definition 1: to make a sharp rasping noise, as of scraping.
The rusty gate grated as it swung back and forth in the wind.
synonyms:
rasp
similar words:
creak, grit, scrape, screech
definition 2: to produce irritation or annoyance.
Her high-pitched voice grates on me.
synonyms:
annoy, irk, irritate, nettle, rasp
similar words:
aggravate, bother, exasperate, jar
definition 3: to scrape or rub harshly, as one thing upon another.
Our boat grated against a rock.
synonyms:
rasp
similar words:
grind, scrape
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to scrape or rub together noisily.
similar words:
creak, grind, scrape
definition 2: to rub or scrape against an abradant surface in order to reduce to a powder or shreds.
She grated cheese to sprinkle on the salad.
synonyms:
shred
similar words:
gall, rasp
derivations: grating (adj.), grater (n.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word great (very large or important)? Grate and great sound alike but have different meanings.