- 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[intransitive] to ride on a skateboard Word Originverb mid 17th cent. (originally as the plural scates): from Dutch schaats (singular but interpreted as plural), from Old French eschasse
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//