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verb grate pronunciation in British English /ɡreɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theygrate
he/she/itgrates
present participlegrating
past tensegrated
past participlegrated

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  1. 2
    [intransitive] to rub against something and make an unpleasant annoying sound
    grate against/on:

    Her nails grated against the wall.

  2. 3
    [intransitive] to have an annoying effect on someone

    What really grates is her know-all attitude.

    grate on:

    His intense stare began to grate on her nerves.

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