grate - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ɡreɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theygrate
he/she/itgrates
present participlegrating
past tensegrated
past participlegrated
  1. 1
    [transitive] to rub cheese, vegetables, chocolate etc against a grater in order to cut them into small pieces
  2. 2
    [intransitive]

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    to rub against something and make an unpleasant annoying sound
    grate against/on:

    Her nails grated against the wall.

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

    His intense stare began to grate on her nerves.