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English noun: grate

1. grate (artifact) a frame of iron bars to hold a fire


Broader (hypernym)framework

Part meronymcooking stove, furnace, kitchen range, kitchen stove, range, stove

2. grate (event) a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something

Broader (hypernym)noise

3. grate (artifact) a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air


Broader (hypernym)barrier

Narrower (hyponym)grille, radiator grille

English verb: grate

1. grate (possession) furnish with a grate

SamplesA grated fireplace.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

2. grate (emotion) gnaw into; make resentful or angry

SamplesThe injustice rankled her.
His resentment festered.

ExamplesThe bad news will grate him

Synonymseat into, fret, rankle

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

3. grate (contact) reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface

SamplesGrate carrots and onions.
Grate nutmeg.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rub

4. grate (contact) make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together

SamplesGrate one's teeth in anger.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize

Narrower (hyponym)chew, gnash, jaw, manducate, masticate


5. grate (contact) scratch repeatedly

SamplesThe cat scraped at the armchair.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rub

Narrower (hyponym)paw

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