Definition of “grate” - English Dictionary

(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 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.


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.

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