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Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : rendered animal fat
b : oily matter
c : a thick lubricant
2 : wool as it comes from the sheep retaining the natural oils or fats
in the grease
of wool or fur : in the natural uncleaned condition


\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) , ˈgrēz How to pronounce grease (audio) \
greased; greasing

Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to smear or daub with grease
2 : to lubricate with grease
3 : to soil with grease
4 : to hasten the process or progress of also : facilitate
grease the hand of or grease the palm of

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Other Words from grease


greaseless \ ˈgrēs-​ləs How to pronounce greaseless (audio) \ adjective
greaseproof \ ˈgrēs-​ˈprüf How to pronounce greaseproof (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for grease

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of grease in a Sentence

Verb Grease the pan before you put the cake batter in. make sure you grease the pan before you put the batter in
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fill a bucket with warm water and biodegradable detergent – some bike mechanics use a dish soap like Dawn for its ability to cut grease on chains and chainrings. USA Today, "6 things to check when resurrecting your bike for riding in the time of coronavirus," 7 July 2020 McCarthy was unable to utilize a grease board with wide receiver Amari Cooper and talk football. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy faces uniquely long list of challenges to start first season as Cowboys head coach," 3 July 2020 Infused with bamboo extract to address texture, niacinamide to reduce the appearance of pores, and willow bark extract to clarify and brighten, the ingredients list reads as a grease-prone person's dream. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Glossier’s First Gel Moisturizer Is Here — & We Tried It First," 1 July 2020 Also, keep an eye on grills, fire pits and patio torches when lit. Be sure to clean the grill after use to remove any food or grease residue in order to help prevent flare-ups. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Lace up your running shoes for LakewoodAlive’s Virtual Meltdown 5K, Family Fun Run/Walk: A Place in the Sun," 30 June 2020 In a large pan, brown the stew meat in the bacon grease (about 5 minutes)., "Recipe: Brisket Carne Guisada," 22 June 2020 That is, ventilation aimed at getting aerosolized grease, heat, and smoke from the stove and ovens up and out. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Design and Science of Patio Dining During a Pandemic," 17 June 2020 Bandsaws shave the frame components down to a quarter of an inch wide; precision lathes trim acrylic wheels; syringes grease nail axles with synthetic oil. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Science, "Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it," 3 June 2020 These baskets have a grease-proof liner, are microwaveable for tomorrow’s leftovers, and are just the right size for your guests. Outdoor Life, "Gear for a perfect fish fry," 27 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly grease the foil. Washington Post, "Gochujang brings the big flavor that skinny pork chops need," 9 June 2020 Foles greased the skids of the trade by agreeing to restructure his contract, and the Bears are on the hook for $20.125 million in guarantees for the 2020 season. oregonlive, "NFL free agency 2020 news and rumors: Chicago Bears acquire QB Nick Foles, put Mitchell Trubisky on notice," 19 Mar. 2020 Shortly thereafter, however, employees of a nearby car wash use a de-greasing agent to scrub away the paint and shoe polish. Kori Rumore,, "Nine times people in Chicago saw the Virgin Mary: 'A sort of tangible, visible encounter with the divine'," 12 Sep. 2019 Line the bottom with a round of parchment paper and then grease the surface of the paper, as well. Washington Post, "If you made a cake out of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, would you call it a s’morte?," 26 June 2019 Lightly grease with butter or cooking spray two (8- or 9-inch) pie plates or a large heavy cast-iron skillet (or a baking sheet). Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Low on yeast and flour? You can still have (mostly) homemade pizza pinwheels," 21 May 2020 The skids had not yet been greased under George Wilson, so in 1963 Shula went to Baltimore and at age 33 became the youngest head coach in pro football. George Puscas, Detroit Free Press, "Flashback: When Don Shula left Detroit Lions, everything began to fall apart," 4 May 2020 Despite being white outliers, the Beastie Boys’ path towards innovation was greased from the start. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Beastie Boys Keep It On and On," 24 Apr. 2020 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and grease your muffin tin. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "Eating in: How to transform pantry staples into comfort food," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of grease


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grease


Middle English grese, from Anglo-French gresse, greisse, creisse, from Vulgar Latin *crassia, from Latin crassus fat

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The first known use of grease was in the 13th century

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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: melted animal fat
: an oily substance


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English Language Learners Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a thin layer of grease or oil on (something)


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Kids Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a substance obtained from animal fat by melting
2 : oily material
3 : a thick lubricant


\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) , ˈgrēz \
greased; greasing

Kids Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat or lubricate with an oily material

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