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Definition of rankle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rankle
he / she / it rankles
past simple rankled
-ing form rankling
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if something such as an event or a remark rankles, it makes you feel angry or upset for a long time rankle (somebody) Her comments still rankled. rankle with somebody His decision to sell the land still rankled with her.
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