Definition of skate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    skate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skate
    BrE BrE//skeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪt//
     
    he / she / it skates
    BrE BrE//skeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪts//
     
    past simple skated
    BrE BrE//ˈskeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle skated
    BrE BrE//ˈskeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form skating
    BrE BrE//ˈskeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move on skates (usually referring to ice skating, if no other information is given) Can you skate? It was so cold that we were able to go skating on the lake. Several people were skating on the frozen pond. skate something He skated an exciting programme at the American Championships.
  2. 2[intransitive] to ride on a skateboard
  3. Word Originverb mid 17th cent. (originally as the plural scates): from Dutch schaats (singular but interpreted as plural), from Old French eschasse ‘stilt’.Idioms
    be skating/walking on thin ice
     
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    to be taking a risk
    Phrasal Verbsskate over something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: skate