If it’s fall and the yard is covered with leaves, you'll want to get out the rake, a long-handled tool with a row of tines. Either that, or get out the excuses and leave the leaves where they lie.

Rake has several senses, including to use a rake to gather leaves or smooth soil. Rake can also mean to search something — the way police may rake through a crime scene for clues or the way you may rake through a messy desk to find a pencil. A rake is also a slanted plane — it's often used to refer to a slanted stage in a theater. In high society, a rake is an immoral man.

Definitions of rake
  1. noun
    a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil
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    croupier's rake
    a small rake used by a croupier to move chips around on the table
    garden rake
    a rake used by gardeners
    type of:
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  2. verb
    gather with a rake
    rake leaves”
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    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
  3. verb
    level or smooth with a rake
    rake gravel”
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    type of:
    smooth, smoothen
    make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
  4. verb
    scrape gently
    synonyms: crease, graze
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    touch the surface of lightly
    remove the surface of
    type of:
    touch lightly and briefly
  5. verb
    move through with or as if with a rake
    “She raked her fingers through her hair”
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    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  6. verb
    sweep the length of
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    rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction
    type of:
    cover the entire range of
  7. verb
    examine hastily
    synonyms: glance over, run down, scan, skim
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    type of:
    examine, see
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  8. noun
    a dissolute man in fashionable society
    synonyms: blood, profligate, rakehell, rip, roue
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    type of:
    debauchee, libertine, rounder
    a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
  9. noun
    degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
    synonyms: pitch, slant
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    (golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
    type of:
    gradient, slope
    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal
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