scrape Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “scrape” - English Dictionary

Definition of "scrape" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

scrapeverb [I/T]

 us   /skreɪp/
to ​remove something by ​rubbing something ​rough or ​sharp against it, or to ​rubpart of ​yourbody against something ​rough that ​tears away or ​injuresyourskin: [T] Jackie scraped her ​knee on the ​wall as she was ​climbing over it. [T] Sheila scraped the ​snow off the ​windshield of her ​car. [I] The ​metalgate scraped along the ​ground when I ​opened it.

scrapenoun [C]

 us   /skreɪp/
a ​slightinjury caused by having ​yourskinrubbed against something ​rough: She had a few scrapes from the ​accident in the ​parking lot, but nothing ​serious. infml A scrape is also a ​difficultsituation that you are in because of ​your own ​actions: Oh, he’s had a few scrapes with the ​law when he was ​younger, but he’s ​straightened his ​life out now.
(Definition of scrape from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "scrape" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

scrapeverb

uk   us   /skreɪp/

scrape verb (REMOVE)

[T] to ​remove an ​unwantedcovering or a ​toplayer from something, ​especially using a ​sharpedge or something ​rough: [+ obj + adj ] Scrape ​yourbootsclean before you come in. We'll have to scrape the ​snow off the ​car before we go out in it. Emily scraped away the ​deadleaves to ​reveal the ​tinyshoot of a new ​plant.

scrape verb (RUB)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause to) ​rub against a ​surface so that ​slightdamage or an ​unpleasantnoise is ​produced: Jackie ​fell over and scraped her ​knee (on the ​pavement). I was ​woken up by the ​noise of ​branches scraping against my ​bedroomwindow.

scrape verb (SUCCEED)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​succeed in getting or ​achieving something, but with ​difficulty or by a very ​smallamount: Her ​grades weren't ​great, but she scraped intouniversity.

scrapenoun

uk   us   /skreɪp/

scrape noun (SITUATION)

[C] informal a ​difficult or ​slightlydangeroussituation that you ​cause by ​your own ​sillybehaviour: She's always getting intosilly scrapes - I ​wish she'd ​think before she does things. He had a ​couple of scrapes with the ​police and ​ended up in ​court.

scrape noun (RUB)

[C or U] a ​slightinjury or an ​unpleasantnoiseproduced by ​rubbing against a ​surface: "It's just a scrape," said the ​boylooking down at his ​bleedingknee. I ​hate the scrape of ​chalk on a ​blackboard.
(Definition of scrape from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of scrape?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

forage

to go from place to place searching, especially for food

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More