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verb grate pronunciation in British English /ɡreɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegrating
past tensegrated
past participlegrated

Related meanings

  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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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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