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English noun: scratch

1. scratch (state) an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

Synonymsabrasion, excoriation, scrape

Broader (hypernym)lesion, wound

Narrower (hyponym)graze, rope burn

2. scratch (shape) a depression scratched or carved into a surface

Synonymsdent, incision, prick, slit

Broader (hypernym)depression, impression, imprint

Narrower (hyponym)score, scotch

3. scratch (possession) informal terms for money

Synonymsboodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, loot, lucre, moolah, pelf, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum

Broader (hypernym)money

4. scratch (person) a competitor who has withdrawn from competition

Broader (hypernym)challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival

5. scratch (location) a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

Synonymsscratch line, start, starting line

Broader (hypernym)line

6. scratch (food) dry mash for poultry

Synonymschicken feed

Broader (hypernym)mash

7. scratch (event) a harsh noise made by scraping

SamplesThe scrape of violin bows distracted her.

Synonymsscrape, scraping, scratching

Broader (hypernym)noise

8. scratch (communication) poor handwriting

Synonymscacography, scrawl, scribble

Broader (hypernym)hand, handwriting, script

Narrower (hyponym)chicken scratch, squiggle

9. scratch (attribute) (golf) a handicap of zero strokes

SamplesA golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course.

Broader (hypernym)handicap

Domain categorygolf, golf game

10. scratch (attribute) an indication of damage

Synonymsmark, scar, scrape

Broader (hypernym)blemish, defect, mar

English verb: scratch

1. scratch (contact) cause friction

SamplesMy sweater scratches.

Synonymschafe, fray, fret, rub

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

2. scratch (contact) cut the surface of; wear away the surface of

Synonymsscrape, scratch up

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

Broader (hypernym)incise

Narrower (hyponym)claw, scuff

3. scratch (perception) scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

SamplesDon't scratch your insect bites!.

Synonymsitch, rub

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

Broader (hypernym)irritate

4. scratch (social) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

SamplesCall off the engagement.
Cancel the dinner party.
We had to scrub our vacation plans.
Scratch that meeting--the chair is ill.

Synonymscall off, cancel, scrub

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


5. scratch (contact) remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

SamplesPlease strike this remark from the record.
Scratch that remark.

Synonymsexcise, expunge, strike

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

Broader (hypernym)cancel, delete

6. scratch (contact) gather (money or other resources) together over time

SamplesShe had scraped together enough money for college.
They scratched a meager living.

Synonymscome up, scrape, scrape up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up

Narrower (hyponym)nickel-and-dime

7. scratch (contact) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

SamplesEngrave a pen.
Engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's.
The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree.

Synonymsengrave, grave, inscribe

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

Broader (hypernym)carve, chip at

Narrower (hyponym)character

Verb groupengrave, etch

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