(noun, verb)


1. a dissolute man in fashionable society

Similar word(s): blood, profligate, rakehell, rip, roue

Definition categories: person, debauchee, libertine, rounder

2. degree of deviation from a horizontal plane

Similar word(s): pitch, slant

Definition categories: attribute, gradient, slope

3. a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil

Definition categories: man–made, tool

Sentences with rake as a noun:

- Jim has had a rake of trouble with his new car.

- The train was formed of a locomotive and a rake of six coaches.

- We now have rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of Rakes. — the Spectator


1. move through with or as if with a rake

- She raked her fingers through her hair

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

2. level or smooth with a rake

- rake gravel

Definition categories: contact, smooth, smoothen

3. sweep the length of

- The gunfire raked the coast

Definition categories: stative, sweep

4. examine hastily

Similar word(s): scan, skim

Definition categories: perception, examine, see

5. gather with a rake

- rake leaves

Definition categories: contact, collect, garner, gather

6. scrape gently

Similar word(s): crease, graze

Definition categories: contact, brush

Sentences with rake as a verb:

- We raked all the leaves into a pile

- Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews. -- Captain John Blaine

- the enemy machine guns raked the roadway

- Her sharp fingernails raked the side of my face.

- A mast rakes aft.