Other forms: scraped; scraping; scrapes

To scrape something is to scratch or remove its surface. If you scrape your knee, you'll probably need a Band Aid.

You can scrape the toe of your favorite boots, or scrape your arm on a branch. This might cause a scrape on your skin or your shoe, a mark that shows. There is also a kind of scrape you can hear, like the scrape of a chair on a floor, and the kind of scrape, or awkward situation, you suddenly find yourself in. People also scrape things together, or gather up as much as they can find.

Definitions of scrape
  1. verb
    cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
    synonyms: scratch, scratch up
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    scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
    mar by scuffing
    claw with the nails
    type of:
    make an incision into by carving or cutting
  2. verb
    bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
    synonyms: skin
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    type of:
    injure, wound
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
  3. verb
    make by scraping
    “They scraped a letter into the stone”
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    scratch repeatedly
    “The cat scraped at the armchair”
    synonyms: grate
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    scrape with the paws
    type of:
    move over something with pressure
  5. noun
    an indication of damage
    synonyms: mark, scar, scratch
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    type of:
    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  6. noun
    an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
    synonyms: abrasion, excoriation, scratch
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    a superficial abrasion
    rope burn
    abrasion (usually on the hands) caused by friction from a rope
    type of:
    lesion, wound
    an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
  7. noun
    a harsh noise made by scraping
    “the scrape of violin bows distracted her”
    synonyms: scraping, scratch, scratching
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  8. verb
    bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
    synonyms: genuflect, kowtow
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    type of:
    bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
  9. noun
    a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)
    synonyms: scraping
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    type of:
    bow, bowing, obeisance
    bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
  10. verb
    gather (money or other resources) together over time
    “She had scraped together enough money for college”
    synonyms: come up, scrape up, scratch
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    accumulate gradually
    type of:
    accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
    get or gather together




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