Main definitions of grate in English

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grate1

verb

  • 1with object Reduce (food) to small shreds by rubbing it on a grater.

    ‘grated cheese’
    • ‘The sauce includes ground beef, tomato paste, garlic powder, eggs, grated cheese, and a dash of curry powder.’
    • ‘A popular dessert is grated banana cooked in sweetened coconut milk.’
    • ‘You can also grate the crumbs by hand using a cheese grater.’
    • ‘For an extra treat, you can add some grated cheese or chopped tomatoes to the stuffing.’
    • ‘Finely grate the orange and lemon zest into the cheese and sugar then beat until mixed.’
    • ‘Traditional additions to such a risotto would include finely grated lemon rind, and freshly picked peas with lots of black pepper.’
    • ‘Place all dried fruits, grated apple, mixed peel, cherries, rinds and juices into a large mixing bowl and pour over the brandy/rum and essences.’
    • ‘I spent the evening cooking the meat, heating the refried beans, grating cheese, shredding lettuce, chopping vegetables and frying the tortillas.’
    • ‘Try adding chopped herbs, grated lemon and orange rind, pesto, saffron, paprika, different mustards, spices, olive paste - anything as long as it tastes good.’
    • ‘These are sponge-cake cubes coated with chocolate and grated coconut.’
    • ‘Clean, peel and grate potatoes and red apple, place into a large bowl of cold water and allow starch to exit the potatoes.’
    • ‘You can even make gougères, or cheese puffs, by omitting the sugar and adding grated cheese to the dough.’
    • ‘Three generous slices of ham, grated cheese, tomato, cucumber and lettuce left me well satisfied.’
    • ‘The tomatoes were freshly cut, the cheese was freshly grated and the dried oregano and olive oil beautifully brought out the different flavours.’
    • ‘Slice the onions into half-moons, grate the ginger, grate the garlic, slice the leek into thin rounds.’
    • ‘I used half a head of savoy, finely shredded, and one finely grated carrot.’
    • ‘When required to make plum pudding, the chefs would draw out measured quantities of the mixture and add fresh apple and grated carrot, besides spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.’
    • ‘However, I always have a dish of finely grated hard cheese to sprinkle over.’
    • ‘Depending on age and skill level, many children can grate cheese, shred lettuce, mix batter, and more.’
    • ‘Remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine.’
    shred, rub into pieces, pulverize, mince, grind, granulate, crush, crumble, mash, smash, fragment, macerate
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  • 2no object Make an unpleasant rasping sound.

    ‘the hinges of the door grated’
    • ‘Loud, grating, obnoxious sound effects spew from your speakers at seemingly random times.’
    • ‘Orchestras were no longer needed, along with screen actors who had voices that grated or squeaked.’
    • ‘A moment later, a slot in the door grates open and through it I see two dark eyes, staring into me.’
    • ‘His thoughts were confirmed when he heard the sound of rusted metal grating.’
    • ‘As the sound grated through my fluffy pillows, I sighed heavily, and debated whether I should bother getting up for school.’
    • ‘Mid-sentence, her voice morphed into something ugly and grating, something rough and cold and frightening.’
    • ‘I was awakened suddenly this morning by the terrible sound of metal grating upon metal.’
    • ‘Jake chuckled, it sounded like nails grating on a chalk board as he hopped up onto the stained mattress above Asia's head.’
    • ‘The sound of police boots grating on the stone floor adds an ominous tone to the prison scenes.’
    • ‘There's that sickeningly familiar tone again - the rasping, grating, in isolation entirely inoffensive, six-string bravado.’
    • ‘But it sounds almost like it's grating sometimes.’
    • ‘The next morning, I woke as the door closed and the key grated once more.’
    • ‘A key grated in the lock, and the door swung open.’
    • ‘Lilly snickered, her breath rasping and grating as she tried to move her head closer to her mistress.’
    • ‘The man laughed, his voice full of the sound of shards of glass grating together.’
    • ‘The sound of stone grating on stone echoed in her ears as two more openings appeared on the wall she was running toward, and sand started pouring out of them.’
    rasp, scrape, jar, scratch, grind, rub, drag, grit
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    1. 2.1 Have an irritating effect.
      ‘the buzzing sound grated on her nerves’
      • ‘All that has happened is that changes in pronunciation have grated on the ears of some people.’
      • ‘The incessant barking of the bloodhounds grated on Bryony's nerves, and Drake's movements jarred her concentration.’
      • ‘The laughter grated on his ears as it echoed off the walls.’
      • ‘Her voice is kind of strange actually, a nice sound but some notes grate on the nerves as she sings on about nothing but love and loss.’
      • ‘However annoying it was and however much it grated on her nerves, something in the back of her mind told her to leave it as it was.’
      • ‘As ever, his arrogance and ignorance grated on everyone who cannot abide him, and left those who adore him in raptures.’
      • ‘His voice grates on me and I cringe the whole time. He's a hateful sexist man.’
      • ‘It grated on him when his advice was not heeded, more so because it often turned out that he had been more right than wrong.’
      • ‘If that strikes you as off-putting, I can't blame you: parts of the film certainly grated on me a little.’
      • ‘Maybe that was nice British talk, but those words grated on Paul.’
      • ‘While the film moved me, it grated on some critics.’
      • ‘His sarcasm grated on her nerves like sandpaper.’
      • ‘Her only reply was that earthy laugh which grated on him so much.’
      • ‘She had wit, and not the kind of wit that grated on the nerves.’
      • ‘That grin grated on my nerves, infuriating me further.’
      • ‘But a few days later, it grated on me, so I called them up.’
      • ‘He wasn't slimy or anything, just had an attitude that grated on my nerves.’
      • ‘He laughed, again that dry little laugh which grated on my nerves.’
      • ‘The harsh, bitter sound in his voice grates on the ears worse than the nails on the chalkboard deal.’
      • ‘The girl's gentle laughing grated on Allie for some strange reason while her eyes followed the woman's movements.’
      irritate, set someone's teeth on edge, jar
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French grater, of Germanic origin; related to German kratzen ‘to scratch’.

Pronunciation

grate

/ɡreɪt/

Main definitions of grate in English

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grate2

noun

  • 1The recess of a fireplace or furnace.

    ‘a small coal fire burned in the grate’
    • ‘To have a log fire in the house may be beautiful if it is burning safely in the grate, but if it is burning merrily on the lounge floor the house could be burned down.’
    • ‘They were back home in the drawing room in Bloomsbury, with the countryside burning in the grate and the curtains drawn.’
    • ‘A small fire burning in the grate made one feel welcome.’
    • ‘A fire was burning in the grate, sending the chill from the air.’
    • ‘They stripped out the fireplaces in the drawing-room and second bedroom, and replaced the former with an art deco-style grate framed by mosaic tiling and a granite hearth.’
    • ‘When everyone seemed to be looking the other way, Mr Wright slipped into another room and took off his outfit, and then he quietly returned to the fireside where only a very small fire burned in the grate and sat down.’
    • ‘The only light came from, of all things, a fire burning merrily in the grate.’
    • ‘I look up from the fire grate where the last papers brown and curl.’
    • ‘A bright, hot Monday morning and a warm fire burns in the grate of Guides Farm.’
    • ‘There was a fire burning in the grate, a miraculous thing.’
    • ‘The floor was of stone, covered by the largest Turkish rug she had ever seen and, to the rear of the hall, a log fire crackled and burned in its enormous grate.’
    • ‘A fire burned merrily in the little grate, below a shelf of yellowing pictures, portraits, landscapes.’
    • ‘For instance, in a period decor Victorian grates are popular while for modern tastes there is a vast range of controllable fires in a variety of styles and finishes.’
    • ‘We were met by Bob's wife and welcomed as though we had got there on time. There was a lovely coal fire burning in the grate, which had been kept ‘banked up’ all day pending our arrival.’
    • ‘Some people may opt for electric or gas heaters, instant warmth, but nothing beats the smell and atmosphere of logs burning in the grate, on the barbeque or on a camp fire somewhere.’
    1. 1.1 A metal frame for holding fuel in a fireplace or furnace.
      • ‘This features a cast iron fireplace with a Georgian grate and a generous built-in book case.’
      • ‘She pointed out, glancing over at its flames, burning on the grate.’
      • ‘The room has an antique marble fireplace with green tiled hearth and inset and a Victorian grate.’
      • ‘Anthony then sees the grate of the fireplace wide open, and fire burning strongly.’
      • ‘Some had fireplaces with grates, others stoves and some a combination stove and oven.’
  • 2A grating.

    • ‘There was a steel grate in the ceiling about three feet by three feet.’
    • ‘Remove this grate and you will find a ladder descending approximately 100 feet into all-consuming darkness.’
    • ‘The first thing you'll see are the cooking grates.’
    • ‘He removed the ventilation grate aside, allowing himself to slide back onto solid ground again.’
    • ‘Back then, they still had the old grate in the floor.’
    • ‘Looking ahead of him, he saw a ventilation grate fall from the ceiling.’
    • ‘The windows to the building are covered with mesh grates, the doors locked.’
    • ‘He tossed the heavy iron grate aside and pointed into the gaping hole of darkness.’
    • ‘He progressed gingerly towards the gauze grate in the grimy iron girdered floor and was careful not to get too close as he peered into the gloom below.’
    • ‘Food is prepared on a metal grate placed over a container of charcoal.’
    • ‘Steel grates are significantly stronger than the concrete being used and safer for the general public.’
    • ‘She opened a grate at the top of the ladder and disappeared again.’
    • ‘Jonathan, however, was busying himself with a grate in the floor.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he could also see it was blocked off by an impassable steel grate.’
    • ‘Who can forget that famous scene of her standing over a subway grate?’
    • ‘The lock came off in his hands, and he pushed open the grate.’
    • ‘The cells themselves, sealed by metal grates, were humid and filthy.’
    • ‘Place them on the cooking grate, directly over the coals (which should be white hot).’
    • ‘Half-way through rolling it, something peculiar revealed itself: a metal grate in the floor.’
    • ‘Always place food on the cooking grate with tongs or a spatula.’

Origin

Middle English (meaning ‘a grating’): from Old French, based on Latin cratis ‘hurdle’.

Pronunciation

grate

/ɡreɪt/