Rake Definition

rāk
raked, rakes, raking
noun
rakes
Any of various long-handled tools with teeth or prongs at one end, used for gathering loose grass, hay, leaves, etc., or for smoothing broken ground.
Webster's New World
Any of various similar toothed devices.
Oyster rake.
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A dissolute, debauched man of fashion.
Webster's New World
A slanting or inclination.
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verb
raked, rakes, raking
To gather or scrape together with or as with a rake.
Webster's New World
To make (a lawn, etc.) tidy with a rake.
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To gain in abundance. Often used with in .
A successful company that raked in the profits.
American Heritage
To search as if with a rake.
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To scrape or sweep.
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idiom
rake over the coals
  • To reprimand severely.
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rake in
  • to gather an abundant amount of rapidly
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rake up
  • to uncover facts or gossip about (the past, a scandal, etc.)
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Other Word Forms of Rake

Noun

Singular:
rake
Plural:
rakes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Rake

Origin of Rake

  • From Middle English, from Old Norse rák (“trail"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ“kō, *rakÄ…, *rakō, *rakÇ­ (“file of tracks, line"), from Proto-Indo-European *(o)reg'-, *(o)reg'a- (“to straighten, direct"). Cognate with Icelandic rák (“streak, grazing"), Icelandic raka (“strip, series"), Norwegian røk (“grazing"), Norwegian rak (“wick"), Old English race, racu (“a run, riverbed").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English raken, from Old English racian (“to direct, rule, govern, control; take a course or direction, go forward, move, run; hasten"), from Proto-Germanic *rakōnÄ… (“to choose a direction, run"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to straighten, direct"). Cognate with Dutch raken (“to hit, touch, reach").

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortening of rakehell, possibly from rake (etymology 2) (“to proceed rapidly")

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English raca reg- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Old English raca, from Proto-Germanic *rakaz

    From Wiktionary

  • Short for rakehell

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

  • Origin unknown

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

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