Meaning of “skate” in the English Dictionary

"skate" in British English

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uk /skeɪt/ us /skeɪt/

skate noun (BOOT)

A2 [ C ] plural skates a special boot with a thin metal bar attached to the bottom that you wear to move quickly on ice, or a boot with four small wheels fixed to the bottom so that you can move over a hard surface:

a pair of ice skates
a pair of roller skates

More examples

  • My skates were a bit small.
  • You can hire skates at the rink.

skateverb [ I + adv/prep, T ]

uk /skeɪt/ us /skeɪt/

B1 to move, or make a particular movement on a surface, using skates:

The ice on the river is thick enough to skate on/across/over.
Let's go skating tomorrow.

More examples

  • When the lake freezes over , we can go skating on it.
  • She skated over to where I was standing.

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

"skate" in American English

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skatenoun [ C ]

us /skeɪt/

a special shoe or boot with wheels for moving quickly over a smooth surface, or an ice skate (= shoe with a metal blade for sliding over ice):

I caught my skates in a rut and fell.
verb [ I ] us /skeɪt/

She skated over to me.
noun [ C ] us /ˈskeɪ·t̬ər/

Skaters glided across the ice.
noun [ U ] us /ˈskeɪ·t̬ɪŋ/

She loves to go skating.

(Definition of “skate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)