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- First attested in 1677.
- From Latin abrādō (“scrape off”), from ab (“from, away from”) + rādō (“scrape”).
- (transitive) To rub or wear off; erode. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
- (transitive) To wear down or exhaust, as a person; irritate. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (transitive) To irritate by rubbing; chafe. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (transitive) To cause the surface to become more rough.
- (intransitive) To undergo abrasion.
(transitive) to rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction
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- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0198605751), page 7