[ uh-breyd ]
/ əˈbreɪd /

verb (used with or without object), a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing.

to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
to scrape off.


Origin of abrade

1670–80; < Latin abrādere, equivalent to ab- ab- + rādere to scrape

Related forms

a·brad·a·ble, adjectivea·brad·er, nounun·a·brad·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abrade


/ (əˈbreɪd) /


(tr) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode

Derived Forms

abradant, nounabrader, noun

Word Origin for abrade

C17: from Latin abrādere to scrape away, from ab- 1 + rādere to scrape
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Medicine definitions for abrade


[ ə-brād ]


To wear away by mechanical action.
To scrape away the surface layer from a part.
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