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

     

    rake

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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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.) 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. 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. 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. Word Originverb Old English raca, racu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch raak and German Rechen, from a base meaning ‘heap up’; the verb is partly from Old Norse raka ‘to scrape, shave’.Idioms
    rake somebody over the coals (North American English) (British English haul somebody over the coals)
     
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    to criticize somebody severely because they have done something wrong
    Phrasal Verbsrake in somethingrake over somethingrake somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rake