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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
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to use a rake to make an area of soil level or to remove leaves from the ground
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  2. 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.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to use a tool to separate the pieces of burning coal or wood in a fire
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to move a gun slowly across a wide area when firing it

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