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gratenoun [C]

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

a structure made of iron bars for holding wood or other fuel, esp. in a fireplace
A grate is also a structure of metal bars 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 unpleasant sound, or to make an unpleasant sound of this kind: The trolley’s wheels grated horribly as it went around the curve.
  • grate verb (ANNOY)

[I] to have an annoying or painful effect: His constant whining for attention is beginning to grate on my nerves.
  • grate verb (COOKING)

[T] to rub food against the rough surface of a metal device having holes through which small pieces of the food fall as they break off: Would you grate the cheese? Add the grated carrots to the salad.
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