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(Definition of grate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gratenoun [C]

 us   /ɡreɪt/
  • grate noun [C] (METAL STRUCTURE)

a ​structure made of ​ironbars for ​holdingwood or other ​fuel, esp. in a ​fireplace A grate is also a ​structure of ​metalbars that ​covers an ​opening: They have grates ​across every ​window.

grateverb

 us   /ɡreɪt/
  • grate verb (RUB TOGETHER)

[I] (of two hard ​objects) to ​rub together, often making an ​unpleasantsound, or to make an ​unpleasantsound of this ​kind: The trolley’s ​wheels grated ​horribly as it went around the ​curve.
  • grate verb (ANNOY)

[I] to have an ​annoying or ​painfuleffect: His ​constantwhining for ​attention is ​beginning to grate on my ​nerves.
  • grate verb (COOKING)

[T] to ​rubfood against the ​roughsurface of a ​metaldevice having ​holes through which ​smallpieces of the ​foodfall as they ​break off: Would you grate the ​cheese? Add the grated ​carrots to the ​salad.
(Definition of grate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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