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rake

noun [C] uk   /reɪk/ us  

rake noun [C] (TOOL)

a garden tool with a long handle and long, pointed metal parts sticking out in a row at the bottom, used for making the earth level or for collecting leaves, etc.

rake noun [C] (MAN)

old-fashioned a man, especially one who is rich or with a high social position, who lives in an immoral way, especially having sex with a lot of women

rake noun [C] (SLOPE)

a slope

rake

verb uk   /reɪk/ us  

rake verb (SEARCH)

[I + adv/prep] to search in a container by moving the contents around quickly: He raked about in the drawer looking for his passport. I've raked through the cupboard but I can't find my tennis racket.

rake verb (USE TOOL)

[I or T] to use a rake to make earth level or to collect leaves: In the autumn I rake (up) the dead leaves. Rake (over) the soil before planting the seeds.
Translations of “rake”
in Korean 갈퀴…
in Arabic شوكة (في الحَديقة)…
in French râteau, coup de râteau…
in Turkish tırmık…
in Italian rastrello…
in Chinese (Traditional) 工具, 耙子…
in Russian грабли…
in Polish grabie…
in Spanish rastrillo, acción de pasar el rastrillo…
in Portuguese ancinho…
in German der Rechen, das Rechen…
in Catalan rasclet…
in Japanese (落ち葉などを集める)熊手…
in Chinese (Simplified) 工具, 耙子…
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