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Topic: COOKING

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: grater 'to make marks in a surface'

grate

2 verb
     
grate2
1 [transitive]DFC to rub cheese, vegetables etc against a rough or sharp surface in order to break them into small pieces:
grated cheese
Peel and grate the potatoes.
2 [transitive] written to talk in a low rough voice [↪ hiss]:
'Let me go,' he grated harshly.
3 [intransitive] to annoy someone
grate on
Mr Fen had a loud voice that grated on her ears.
4 [intransitive and transitive] to make an unpleasant sound by rubbing, or to make something do this:
The stones beneath her shoes grated harshly.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut
chop to cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces
slice
to cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces
dice
to cut vegetables into small pieces
peel
to cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc
grate
to cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool
carve
to cut pieces from a large piece of meat
saw
to cut wood using a special tool called a saw
chop down
to cut down a tree, using an axe
snip
to cut something quickly using scissors
shave
to remove hair from your face or body
trim
to remove small parts of something to make it look neat
mow
to cut grass
prune
to cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better
cut

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