1 [intransitive and transitive]DLG
to move a rake across a surface in order to make the soil level, gather dead leaves etc
rake something over/up
She raked the soil over to loosen the weeds.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to search a place very carefully for something
I've been raking through my drawers looking for those tickets.
to point something such as a gun, camera, or strong light, and keep moving across an area [= sweep]:
The searchlight raked the open ground around the prison.
rake something with something
They raked the room with gunfire.
to push a stick backwards and forwards in a fire in order to remove ashes
to keep talking about something that happened in the past that people would prefer you not to mention
to pull your fingers through something or across a surface:
Ken raked his fingers through his hair.
rake something ↔ inphrasal verb
to earn a lot of money without trying very hard:
Lou's been raking in the dollars since he opened his business.
If someone opened a burger bar, they'd really rake it in.
rake something ↔ upphrasal verb
to talk about something from the past that people would prefer you not to mention [= dredge up]:
It upsets Dad when that story is raked up again.
2 also rake something ↔ together
to collect things or people together for a purpose, but with difficulty:
They could only rake up $300.