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

 

rack

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ræk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rack
BrE BrE//ræk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræk//
 
he / she / it racks
BrE BrE//ræks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræks//
 
past simple racked
BrE BrE//rækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rækt//
 
past participle racked
BrE BrE//rækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rækt//
 
-ing form racking
BrE BrE//ˈrækɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrækɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (less frequent wrack) [often passive] rack somebody/something to make somebody suffer great physical or mental pain to be racked with/by guilt Her face was racked with pain. Violent sobs racked her whole body. (British English) a racking cough
  • Idioms to think very hard or for a long time about something She racked her brains, trying to remember exactly what she had said. Phrasal Verbsrack up something
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rack