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I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.
Al Sharpton

Meaning of "rag" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD RAG

Probably back formation from ragged, from Old English raggig; related to Old Norse rögg tuft.
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PRONUNCIATION OF RAG

rag  [ræɡ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF RAG

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Rag is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES RAG MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of rag in the English dictionary

The first definition of rag in the dictionary is a small piece of cloth, such as one torn from a discarded garment, or such pieces of cloth collectively. Other definition of rag is a fragmentary piece of any material; scrap; shred. Rag is also a newspaper or other journal, esp one considered as worthless, sensational, etc.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RAG

rag doll
rag rug
rag trade
rag week
rag-and-bone man
rag-rolling
raga
ragamuffin
ragbag
ragbolt
Ragdoll
rage
rageful
rager
ragg
ragga
ragged
ragged robin
ragged school

WORDS THAT END LIKE RAG

ag
airbag
bag
bean bag
carry-on bag
dag
drag
flag
gag
handbag
hashtag
jag
lag
mag
sag
swag
tag
the Red Flag
vag
wag

Synonyms and antonyms of rag in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «RAG»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «rag» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of rag

Translation of «rag» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RAG

Find out the translation of rag to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of rag from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «rag» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

抹布
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

trapo
570 millions of speakers

English

rag
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

खपरैल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خَرْقَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ковер
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

trapo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

টেনা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

guenille
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kain
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Fetzen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ぼろきれ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

헝겊 조각
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

klambi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giẻ rách
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துணியுடன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

चिंधी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

paçavra
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

straccio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

szmata
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ганчірка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cârpă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κουρέλι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lap
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

trasa
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

fille
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of rag

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RAG»

The term «rag» is very widely used and occupies the 13.626 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RAG» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «rag» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «rag» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about rag

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8 QUOTES WITH «RAG»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word rag.
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Laurie Graham
My mother was a fastidious and orderly homemaker. I was the messy but creative type. I picture her following behind me through life with a damp rag and an air of exasperation.
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Nikki Haley
I had a white senator call me a rag head, and I had an African-American legislator call me a conservative with a tan.
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Jack Herer
Rag paper, containing hemp fiber, is the highest quality and longest lasting paper ever made. It can be torn when wet, but returns to its full strength when dry.
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Jennifer Lawrence
I just kind of opened up and said, 'I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.'
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Colum McCann
About 25 years ago, I took a bicycle across the United States. I soon found out that the greatest item of clothing was the trusty bandanna. There were dozens of uses for a bandanna - as a pot holder, a chain cleaner, a sun shield, a headband, a snot rag, a declaration of Kerouacian intent.
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Al Sharpton
I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.
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Steve Waugh
I keep a lucky red rag in my pocket when I bat, which has been a good luck charm for a few years.
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Gin Wigmore
You can't go round looking like a rag.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RAG»

Discover the use of rag in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to rag and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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That Shakespeherian Rag: Essays on a critical process
First published in 1986. This collection of essays focuses on the ways in which our society 'processes' Shakespeare and the purposes for which this seems to be done.
Terence Hawkes, 2013
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The Rag and Bone Shop
The confrontation between Jason and his interrogator forms the chilling climax of this terrifying look at what can happen when the pursuit of justice becomes a personal crusade for victory at any cost. From the Hardcover edition.
Robert Cormier, 2001
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Making rag rugs: 15 step-by-step projects
This book shows how to utilize such simple recycled ingredients as leftover fabric, old clothes, and household textiles to create these beloved and time-honored rugs.
Clare Hubbard, 2002
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Rag and Bone
This is a heartfelt comedy about the limits of feeling, and the consequences of either feeling nothing or too damn much.
Noah Haidle, 2006
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A Year of Rag Quilts
Featuring an authentic homespun look, these 12 quaint wall quilts boast seasonal patterns and wonderfully textured edges.
Annis Clapp, 2003
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Medal of Honor Rag: A Full Length Play in One Act
A youthful Black veteran of the Vietnamese Conflict meets with a psychiatrist for a therapy session. The soldier struggles with the horrors of his past, causing the psychiatrist to confront his own memories and guilt.
Tom Cole, 1983
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The Rag Coat
With paintings that capture all the beauty of Appalachia in authentic detail, this tender story about a resourceful mountain girl's special coat will touchreaders with its affirming message of love and friendship.
Lauren Mills, 1991
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Twined Rag Rugs: Tradition in the Making
Rug twining is so simple it can be done by all ages and skill levels, and is especially beneficial for seniors or anyone who wants to increase manual dexterity.
Bobbie Irwin, 2000
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Making Rag Dolls
Easy-to-make collection of 20 multi-cultural dolls — same body for all, but each with unique facial features, hairstyle, and clothing.
Juanita Clarke, 1995
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Rag and Bone
Rag and Bone is the seventh book in the Henry Rios mystery series, which begins with The Little Death and Goldenboy.
Michael Nava, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RAG»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term rag is used in the context of the following news items.
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Illinois McDonald's served rag in a burger wrapper, couple says
The Wirths still have the rag and wrapper after they went through the drive-thru at a McDonalds at Arlington Heights Rd. and Biesterfield Rd. Wednesday night. «KTRK-TV, Jul 15»
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Now, a National Award for rag pickers
Now, rag pickers' services will be recognised by the government which has decided to give national award for their contribution to keep India clean. “There are ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
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Mehrheitseigner RAG-Stiftung wünscht sich Zukäufe bei Evonik
Der Essener Chemieriese Evonik hatte in der Vergangenheit mehrfach signalisiert, dass der Konzern für Übernahmen bereitsteht. Die RAG-Stiftung ist mit rund ... «Finanzen.net, Jun 15»
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Mother says son “tossed around like a rag doll,” seriously injured by …
The boy was “tossed around like a rag doll” and suffered injuries to his back and neck after he embraced the costumed character, said Laurie Ramirez, who ... «fox6now.com, May 15»
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Rag left in Jetconnect plane
The rag was probably left in the compartment of the Jetconnect Boeing 737-838 by Qantas maintenance staff in Sydney, and was one of two incidents involving ... «Stuff.co.nz, Mar 15»
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Parent: Weston teacher called my son 'rag-head Taliban'
A Weston parent urged the Broward School Board on Tuesday to fire a teacher he claims called his son a "rag-head Taliban." Youssef Wardani said Maria ... «Sun Sentinel, Mar 15»
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Style Rag & Bone Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear
Designer: Know thyself. If there's one thing that this Rag & Bone show proved, it's that brands are at their best when their collections poke and prod around their ... «Style.com, Feb 15»
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Student bodies distance themselves from Galway rag week …
Students' unions in Galway have distanced themselves from this week's unofficial rag week celebrations, which, they stress, are being organised independently ... «Irish Examiner, Feb 15»
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Style Rag & Bone Fall 2015 Menswear
For Fall 2015, Rag & Bone landed one of the best, most unexpected castings in recent history. That's not normally how these reviews start, but that's the story ... «Style.com, Feb 15»
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Ian Poulter: From rag trade to golf riches
Long before making his fortune on the golf course, this was where Poulter first forayed into the rag trade -- and where he learned some important life lessons. «CNN, Dec 14»

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