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Wooden rake
Heavy duty rake

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Etymology 1

Old English raca, from Common Germanic *rakaz

Noun

Singular
rake

Plural
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  1. A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
  2. (Ireland / idiomatic) a lot, plenty.
    Jim has had a rake of trouble with his new car.
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Etymology 2

From the verb rake

Noun

Singular
rake

Plural
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  1. A man habituated to immoral conduct.
    We now have rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of Rakes. — the Spectator
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Etymology 3

Via Middle English from Old Norse raka, from Common Germanic *rakan

Verb

Infinitive
to rake

Third person singular
rak

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to rake (third-person singular simple present rak, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To use a rake on (leaves, debris, soil, a lawn, etc) in order to loosen, gather together, or remove debris from.
    We raked all the leaves into a pile
  2. To search thoroughly.
    Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews. -- Captain John Blaine
  3. To spray with gunfire.
    the enemy machine guns raked the roadway
  4. To claw at; to scratch.
    Her sharp fingernails raked the side of my face.
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Etymology 4

Probably related to German ragen

Verb

Infinitive
to rake

Third person singular
rak

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to rake (third-person singular simple present rak, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. jut out (ship’s bow or stern above keel)

Dutch

Adjective

rake (base form raak)

  1. hitting its target

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