Abrade meaning

ə-brād
To rub or wear off; erode. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
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To irritate by rubbing; chafe. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
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To cause the surface to become more rough.
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The definition of abrade means to wear away the surface of something or make something rougher, often by using friction.

An example of abrade is the erosion of rocks on a coast line from water continually beating on them.

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To wear down, rub away, or scrape by friction.

Water that abraded the canyon walls.

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To become worn or scraped by abrasion.

Some leather abrades easily.

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To scrape or rub off; wear away by scraping or rubbing.
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To wear down or exhaust, as a person; irritate. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
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(intransitive) To undergo abrasion.
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Obsolete spelling of abraid.
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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