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verb scrape pronunciation in American English /skreɪp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlescraping
past tensescraped
past participlescraped
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to rub a sharp edge or tool against a surface

    You’ll have to scrape the walls before you paint them.

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    1. a.
      to remove something by pulling a hard tool across the surface it is on
      scrape something off/into/onto/out of etc. (something):

      Scrape the mud off your boots before you come inside.

      I scraped the bits of meat into the dog’s bowl.

      The bottle’s label had been scraped away.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to injure a part of your body or damage something by rubbing it against a rough surface

    I scraped my elbow when I fell.

    He scraped his van while he was parking it.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to make a rough unpleasant noise by rubbing against a hard surface

    Simon’s chair scraped as he pushed it back.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something, causing it to make a rough unpleasant noise
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if a sharp edge or point scrapes a surface, or if you scrape it across the surface, it moves across the surface
    scrape against/across/along etc. something:

    He felt the knife blade scrape against the back of his neck.

    scrape something against/across/along etc. something:

    She scraped her nails along the blackboard.

  5. 5
    [transitive] computing to use a computer program to copy data from a website
    scrape something from something:

    We have sophisticated tools that enable you to scrape data from the most complex websites.



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