Abrade Definition

abraded, abrades, abrading
abraded, abrades, abrading
To wear down, rub away, or scrape by friction.
Water that abraded the canyon walls.
American Heritage
To scrape or rub off; wear away by scraping or rubbing.
Webster's New World
To become worn or scraped by abrasion.
Some leather abrades easily.
American Heritage

To rub or wear off; erode. [First attested in the late 17th century.]


To wear down or exhaust, as a person; irritate. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]


Origin of Abrade

  • Latin abrādere to scrape off ab- away ab–1 rādere to scrape rēd- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin abrādō, from ab (“from, away from”) + rādō (“scrape”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English abraiden.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in 1677.

    From Wiktionary

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