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Definition of rake verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rake
    he / she / it rakes
    past simple raked
    -ing form raking
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to pull a rake over a surface in order to make it level or to remove something rake (something) (+ adv./prep.) We raked the leaves into a pile. (figurative) She raked a comb through her hair. rake something + adj. First rake the soil smooth.
  2. 2[transitive] rake something (with something) to point a camera, light, gun, etc. at someone or something and move it slowly from one side to the other They raked the streets with machine-gun fire. Searchlights raked the grounds.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to search a place carefully for something She raked around in her bag for her keys.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] rake (something) to scratch the surface of something with a sharp object, especially your nails
  5. Idioms
    rake somebody over the coals
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    to criticize someone severely because they have done something wrong
    Phrasal Verbsrake in somethingrake over somethingrake somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rake