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verb rake pronunciation in British English /reɪk/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrake
he/she/itrakes
present participleraking
past tenseraked
past participleraked
  1. 2
    [transitive] to pull your fingers through or along something, for example your hair or skin

    She sat down, nervously raking her fingers through her hair.

  2. 4
    [transitive] to move a gun slowly across a wide area when firing it

    Passing vehicles were raked with machine-gun fire.

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