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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-breyd]
    • /əˈbreɪd/
    • /əˈbreɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-breyd]
    • /əˈbreɪd/

Definitions of abrade word

  • verb abrade To abrade something means to scrape or wear down its surface by rubbing it. 3
  • verb abrade to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode 3
  • verb transitive abrade to scrape or rub off; wear away by scraping or rubbing 3
  • noun abrade Scrape or wear away by friction or erosion. 1
  • transitive verb abrade rub, wear 1
  • verb abrade (Transitive Verb) To rub or wear off; erode. 0

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Origin of abrade

First appearance:

before 1670
One of the 47% oldest English words
1670-80; < Latin abrādere, equivalent to ab- ab- + rādere to scrape

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Parts of speech for Abrade


abrade popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abrade

verb abrade

  • chafe — If your skin chafes or is chafed by something, it becomes sore as a result of something rubbing against it.
  • scuff — to scrape (something) with one's foot or feet.
  • rub — to subject the surface of (a thing or person) to pressure and friction, as in cleaning, smoothing, polishing, coating, massaging, or soothing: to rub a table top with wax polish; to rub the entire back area.
  • wear — to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to wear a saber; to wear a disguise.
  • grate — a frame of metal bars for holding fuel when burning, as in a fireplace, furnace, or stove.

noun abrade

  • skin — the external covering or integument of an animal body, especially when soft and flexible.
  • scour — to range over, as in a search: They scoured the countryside for the lost child.
  • stub — a short projecting part.

Antonyms for abrade

verb abrade

  • rebuild — to repair, especially to dismantle and reassemble with new parts: to rebuild an old car.
  • please — (used as a polite addition to requests, commands, etc.) if you would be so obliging; kindly: Please come here. Will you please turn the radio off?
  • smooth — free from projections or unevenness of surface; not rough: smooth wood; a smooth road.

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