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/ 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 abradea·brad·a·ble, adjectivea·brad·er, nounun·a·brad·ed, adjective
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How to use abrade in a sentence
In these channels the waters have chafed, ground, abraded, eroded for centuries which man cannot number.Overland|John William De Forest
In a moment Billy was pinioned to the floor, and Black Hank was rubbing his abraded fore-arm.Blazed Trail Stories|Stewart Edward White
At some point near the base, when the flinty stone was speeding forward like a meteor, it abraded a harder portion than before.Two Boys in Wyoming|Edward S. Ellis
It is particularly useful for deep burns where the surface is abraded.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art|B. L. Hill
Instead of rising to his feet, he sat doggedly up and began chafing his abraded shin.The Fiend's Delight|Dod Grile
British Dictionary definitions for abrade
/ (əˈbreɪd) /
(tr) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode
Derived forms of abradeabradant, nounabrader, noun
Word Origin for abrade
C17: from Latin abrādere to scrape away, from ab- 1 + rādere to scrape
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