\ˈgrēs \

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, ˈgrēz \
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

: bribe

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Other Words from grease


greaseless \ˈgrēs-ləs \ adjective
greaseproof \ˈgrēs-ˈprüf \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for grease

Synonyms: Verb

ease, facilitate, loosen (up), smooth, unclog

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of grease in a Sentence


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

Then a grease fire broke out in a kitchen in a ground floor apartment in the 10500 block of Westlake Drive, north of Bethesda, fire officials said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Cooking leads to three fires in Montgomery County," 9 July 2018 Pour off almost all of the grease and add the remaining ingredients. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Go ahead: Drink your coffee, eat your pizza, climb your StairMaster because no grease or sweat is making this gloss fade. Samantha Sasso,, "The Under-$20 Lip Gloss That Makes Me Feel Like A 2000s Pop Star," 7 July 2018 In the park's most recent permit, the state increased or completely removed limits for several pollutants, including chlorine, oil and grease, and total suspended solids (solids in water that can be trapped by a filter), The Star found. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 If there was a patent recipe for predictable results, then surely more of us would volunteer for a life of manure, tractor grease and overalls. Forrest Pritchard, WSJ, "‘The New Farm’ and ‘Fruitful Labor’ Reviews: Betting the Farm on Organic," 13 Apr. 2018 To say that hot grease and warm Miller Lite runs through his veins wouldn't be an exaggeration. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The Texican's rodeo wish list," 21 Feb. 2018 So why would a museum put a rancid piece of grease and diapers on display? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Monster Fatberg Goes On Display at London Museum," 13 Feb. 2018 The roll was slightly crackly on the outside and soft on the inside, soaking up grease and cheese. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "I Ate at 16 of the Best Philly Cheesesteak Spots in 12 Hours," 3 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, in Radnor, authorities in and around Villanova’s campus greased street poles and light fixtures on Monday in anticipation of the Wildcats’ victory over Michigan. Rob Tornoe,, "Philly to host parade for Villanova after NCAA championship win," 3 Apr. 2018 Chris Flanagan, whose department is the lead agency in charge of crowd control, said poles were being greased around the university, which straddles Radnor and Lower Merion townships. Stephanie Farr,, "Villanova is greasing those poles: How Radnor is readying for NCAA championship game," 2 Apr. 2018 Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says that street poles will not be greased up with Crisco in an attempt to prevent people from climbing them before or after Super Bowl LII, according to CBS Philly. Chris Chavez,, "Philadelphia Police Commissioner Says Crisco Won't Be Used on Street Poles For Super Bowl," 30 Jan. 2018 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease the parchment. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 Lightly grease a large bowl with oil and transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat; cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Hannah Walhout, Smithsonian, "Forget Baguettes — Why In-the-Know Bread Lovers Should be Heading to the Caucasus (Recipe)," 5 July 2018 So when approaching a stranger, a smile can grease the social wheels of the interaction and help the other person feel at ease. Samuel Putnam, Washington Post, "Russians don’t smile much, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like you," 30 June 2018 Lightly grease Bundt pan and lay in strips of bacon, allowing excess to overhang the edge and central tube. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Bundt Pan Meatloaf," 20 June 2018 They can be cooked in a grill pan on the stove top as well; grease the pan with cooking oil spray and cook over medium heat. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "Spicy, smoky, cheesy, melty burgers — on the inside," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: melted animal fat

: an oily substance



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

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


\ˈgrēs \

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, ˈgrēz\
greased; greasing

Kids Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat or lubricate with an oily material

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