- 1[transitive, intransitive] to pull a rake over a surface in order to make it level or to remove something rake (something) (+ adv./prep.) The leaves had been raked into a pile. (figurative) She raked a comb through her hair. rake something + adj. First rake the soil smooth. See related entries: Gardening
- 2[transitive] rake something (with something) to point a camera, light, gun, etc. at somebody/something and move it slowly from one side to the other They raked the streets with machine-gun fire. Searchlights raked the grounds.
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to search a place carefully for something She raked around in her bag for her keys.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] rake (something) to scratch the surface of something with a sharp object, especially your nails Word Originverb Old English raca, racu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch raak and German Rechen, from a base meaning
BrE BrE//reɪk//; NAmE NAmE//reɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rake
BrE BrE//reɪk//; NAmE NAmE//reɪk//he / she / it rakes
BrE BrE//reɪks//; NAmE NAmE//reɪks//past simple raked
BrE BrE//reɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//reɪkt//past participle raked
BrE BrE//reɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//reɪkt//-ing form raking
BrE BrE//ˈreɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪkɪŋ//Gardening
to criticize somebody severely because they have done something wrong Phrasal Verbsrake in somethingrake over somethingrake somethingup