Definition of “rack” - English Dictionary

“rack” in British English

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racknoun

uk /ræk/ us /ræk/

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rackverb [ T often passive ]

uk /ræk/ us /ræk/

to cause physical or mental pain, or trouble, to someone or something:

Even at the end, when cancer racked his body, he was calm and cheerful.
The dog was already racked by/with the pains of old age.
He was racked by/with doubts/guilt.

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

“rack” in American English

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racknoun [ C ]

us /ræk/

rack noun [ C ] (FRAME)

a frame, often with bars or hooks, for holding or hanging things:

a bike rack
a towel rack

rackverb [ T ]

us /ræk/

rack verb [ T ] (CAUSE PAIN)

to cause someone great physical or mental pain:

Even near the end, when cancer racked his body, he remained hopeful.

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