rake

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[ reyk ]
/ reɪk /
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noun

an agricultural implement with teeth or tines for gathering cut grass, hay, or the like or for smoothing the surface of the ground.
any of various implements having a similar form, as a croupier's implement for gathering in money on a gaming table.

verb (used with object), raked, rak·ing.

verb (used without object), raked, rak·ing.


Nearby words

  1. rajput,
  2. rajputana,
  3. rajputs,
  4. rajya sabha,
  5. rakata,
  6. rake in,
  7. rake off,
  8. rake over the coals,
  9. rake up,
  10. rake's progress, the

Idioms

    rake over the coals. coal(def 8).

Origin of rake

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before 900; (noun) Middle English rak(e), Old English raca (masculine), racu (feminine); cognate with German Rechen, Old Norse reka shovel; (v.) Middle English raken, partly derivative of the noun, partly < Old Norse raka to scrape, rake

SYNONYMS FOR rake
Related formsrak·a·ble, rake·a·ble, adjectiverak·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rake up

rake up

verb

(tr, adverb) to revive, discover, or bring to light (something forgotten)to rake up an old quarrel

rake

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/ (reɪk) /

noun

verb


Word Origin for rake

Old English raca; related to Old Norse raka, Old High German rehho a rake, Gothic rikan to heap up, Latin rogus funeral pile

rake

2
/ (reɪk) /

noun

a dissolute man, esp one in fashionable society; roué

Word Origin for rake

C17: short for rakehell

rake

3
/ (reɪk) /

verb (mainly intr)

to incline from the vertical by a perceptible degree, esp (of a ship's mast or funnel) towards the stern
(tr) to construct with a backward slope

noun

Word Origin for rake

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German ragen to project, Swedish raka

rake

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/ (reɪk) /

verb (intr)

(of gun dogs or hounds) to hunt with the nose to the ground
(of hawks)
  1. to pursue quarry in full flight
  2. (often foll by away) to fly wide of the quarry, esp beyond the control of the falconer

Word Origin for rake

Old English racian to go forward, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for rake up
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Idioms and Phrases with rake up

rake up

Revive, bring to light, especially something unpleasant, as in She was raking up old gossip. [Late 1500s]

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