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verb scratch pronunciation in American English /skrætʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlescratching
past tensescratched
past participlescratched
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to pull your nails along your skin, especially because you have an itch that makes you want to do this

    Scratch my back for me, will you.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to cut someone’s skin slightly with something sharp

    Don’t worry, the cat won’t scratch you.

    The tree’s branches had scratched his hands and they were bleeding.

    1. a.
      to damage a surface by marking it with something sharp or rough

      Someone’s scratched my car door.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to move something sharp against a hard surface and make a noise
    scratch at:

    I could hear the dog scratching at the back door.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to produce new sounds by moving a record backward and forward quickly with your hand while the stylus is resting on the record
  4. 4
    [transitive] to remove something, for example a word from a sentence or something from a list
    1. a.
      to remove someone from a race before it begins
  5. 5
    [transitive] informal to decide not to continue with something such as a plan or a project
  6. 6
    [transitive] informal to write something very quickly and carelessly
  7. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to produce new sounds by moving a record backwards and forwards quickly with your hand while the stylus is resting on the record
    Submitted on 02/07/2015

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