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grate vb. (the foll. are now obs. or rare uses)
1. to wear away Troil. III. ii. 195 “g-d To dusty nothing.”
2. to harass, irritate Ham. III. i. 3 “G-ing so harshly all his days of quiet,” Ant. I. i. 18.
3. to make exacting demands “upon” Wiv. II. ii. 7.
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    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.1
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