There are 4 definitions of rake in English:

rake1

Syllabification: rake
Pronunciation: /rāk
 
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noun

  • 1An implement consisting of a pole with a crossbar toothed like a comb at the end, or with several tines held together by a crosspiece, used especially for drawing together cut grass or fallen leaves, or smoothing loose soil or gravel.
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    • Moving the soil surface with a rake in winter will expose many slugs and their eggs to frost damage.
    • Loosen the soil with a rake to aerate it and remove any weeds and small stones.
    • However, I did read somewhere that you can rip up the dead grass, with a metal rake, and reseed.
  • 1.1An implement similar to a rake used for other purposes, e.g., by a croupier drawing in money at a gaming table.

verb

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  • 1Collect, gather, or move with a rake or similar implement: they started raking up hay
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    • You can help control it by raking up and disposing of the fallen leaves in autumn.
    • We spent several hours this morning raking up the leaves and sawing up the fallen trees in our yard.
    • But if you try and use it for raking up the leaves, you'll just make a mess of the garden.
    Synonyms
    scrape up, collect, gather
  • 1.1Make (a stretch of ground) tidy or smooth with a rake: the infield dirt is meticulously raked
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    • ‘When we filled the hole we overfilled it to allow for settlement and since then have raked over the ground in the past year to level it out,’ he added.
    Synonyms
    smooth, smooth out, level, even out, flatten, comb
  • 1.2Scratch or scrape (something, especially a person’s flesh) with a long sweeping movement: her fingers raked Bill’s face
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    • Their icy fingers raked my flesh as I swung my arm wildly.
    • Mitsurugi's claws bit into flesh and raked across her chest.
    • The first shot of this is an establishing shot with a stone table, restraints and a table with canes, whips, and instruments for raking flesh.
    Synonyms
    scratch, lacerate, scrape, rasp, graze, grate; Medicine excoriate
  • 1.3Draw or drag (something) with a long sweeping movement: she raked a comb through her hair
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    • Ethan raked a hand back through his hair and drew in a breath.
    • I must keep her sweet so that she doesn't rake my scalp with the comb.
    • Now entirely awake, Asa grabbed a comb off the desk and began to rake it through her long, dripping brown hair.
    Synonyms
    drag, pull, scrape, tug, comb
  • 1.4Sweep (something) from end to end with gunfire, a look, or a beam of light: Greg let his high beams rake the shrubbery
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    • Machine gun fire began raking the fields, and muzzle flashes illuminated the underbrush of the nearby trees.
    • Suddenly machine-gun fire raked the bridge and the pilothouse, shattering the safety windows.
    • A burst of machinegun fire raked the spot I had been previously.
    Synonyms
    sweep, enfilade, pepper, strafe
  • 1.5 [no object] Move across something with a long sweeping movement: his icy gaze raked mercilessly over Lissa’s slender figure
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    • Leaning against the doorjam, his eyes watched her every move, raking over her soft curves and taut skin boldly.
    • ‘No problem, sweetie,’ he told her, his gaze raking over her body.
    • She saw the question in his eyes and smiled sweetly, her gaze raking over him swiftly.
  • 1.6 [no object] Search or rummage through something: Nina decided to rake through the drawers
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    • He's raking through the bins searching for anything recyclable to put in his already bulging trolley.
    • He placed his bag down on the dark ground and began to rake through it.
    Synonyms
    rummage, search, hunt, sift, rifle

Phrases

(as) thin as a rake

(Of a person) very thin.
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  • He's short, receding, sallow-skinned and thin as a rake!
  • He should be thin as a rake.
  • Soon she will realise that no matter how much the old boy eats he stays thin as a rake.

Phrasal verbs

rake something in

informal Make a lot of money, typically very easily: he was now raking in $250 million a year
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  • By selling licenses to private operators instead of just handing them out to cronies, the city raked in a lot of money.
  • The people in the stands are happy, the athletes win fat contracts, and the owners rake in the money.
  • The company's going through an expansion period and the good salespeople are raking in insane amounts of money.

rake something up/over

Revive the memory of an incident or period of time that is best forgotten: I have no desire to rake over the past
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  • In the Narasimha Rao years, the issue was raked up when the Prime Minister held the post of the party president, and several chief ministers did not give up PCC presidentship.
  • Although it would mean raking up painful memories, he did make a statement.
  • Why was I raking up the past and what was my ‘agenda’?
Synonyms
remind people of, recollect, remember, call to mind; drag up, dredge up

Derivatives

raker

noun
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  • They said I would be a bad influence on the other sand rakers from the 3rd grade.
  • Yank the summer beachball backdrop and roll in the back-to-school yellow pencils, the scrapy noise of leaf rakers, the harvest of pumpkins, knee socked girls in wool kilts.

Origin

Old English raca, racu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch raak and German Rechen, from a base meaning 'heap up'; the verb is partly from Old Norse raka 'to scrape, shave'.

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There are 4 definitions of rake in English:

rake2

Syllabification: rake
Pronunciation: /
 
rāk/

noun

Phrases

a rake's progress

A progressive deterioration, especially through self-indulgence.
[from the title of a series of engravings (1735) by Hogarth]

Origin

mid 17th century: abbreviation of archaic rakehell in the same sense.

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rake3

Syllabification: rake
Pronunciation: /
 
rāk/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Set (something, especially a stage or the floor of an auditorium) at a sloping angle.
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    • The prologue opened with a stark black, steeply raked stage with just a chair for Swallow.
    • The seats are steeply raked and we look down at the operating table, a slab of wood like a butcher's block.
    • The seats are steeply raked but there is plenty of room between aisles.
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a ship’s mast or funnel) incline from the perpendicular toward the stern.
  • 1.2 [no object] (Of a ship’s bow or stern) project at its upper part beyond the keel.

noun

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  • 1 [in singular] The angle at which a thing slopes.
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    • To do this, cut 6 inches off the first shingle of the second course at the rake of the slope.
  • 2The angle of the edge or face of a cutting tool.

Origin

early 17th century: probably related to German ragen 'to project', of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Swedish raka.

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noun

British
  • A number of railway carriages or wagons coupled together: we have converted one locomotive and a rake of coaches to air braking

Origin

early 20th century (originally Scots and northern English): from Old Norse rák 'stripe, streak', from an alteration of rek- 'to drive'. The word was in earlier use in the senses 'path, groove' and 'vein of ore'.

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