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verb scratch pronunciation in British 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
    Stop scratching!
    Scratch my back for me, will you.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to cut someones 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.

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