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abrade

[ uh-breyd ]
/ əˈbreɪd /
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verb (used with or without object), a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing.

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

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Origin of abrade

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

OTHER WORDS FROM abrade

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

abrade
/ (əˈbreɪd) /

verb

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

Derived forms of abrade

abradant, nounabrader, noun

Word Origin for abrade

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

abrade
[ ə-brād ]

v.

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