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lubricate

verb lu·bri·cate \ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt\

: to make (something) smooth or slippery : to apply a lubricant to (something, such as a machine or a part of a machine)

lu·bri·cat·edlu·bri·cat·ing

Full Definition of LUBRICATE

transitive verb
1
:  to make smooth or slippery
2
:  to apply a lubricant to
intransitive verb
:  to act as a lubricant
lu·bri·ca·tion \ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
lu·bri·ca·tive \ˈlü-brə-ˌkā-tiv\ adjective
lu·bri·ca·tor \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of LUBRICATE

  1. <it's not a good idea to use olive oil to lubricate the gears in an appliance>

Origin of LUBRICATE

Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare, from lubricus slippery — more at sleeve
First Known Use: circa 1623

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LUBRICATIVE Defined for Kids

lubricate

verb lu·bri·cate \ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt\
lu·bri·cat·edlu·bri·cat·ing

Definition of LUBRICATE for Kids

:  :  to apply oil or grease to in order to make smooth or slippery <Mechanics lubricated the gears.>
Medical Dictionary

lubricate

transitive verb lu·bri·cate \ˈlü-bri-ˌkāt\
lu·bri·cat·edlu·bri·cat·ing

Medical Definition of LUBRICATE

:  to make smooth, slippery, or oily in motion, action, or appearance <lubricate the eye> <lubricate the skin>
lu·bri·ca·tion \ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

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