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grease

noun \ ˈgrēs \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of grease

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

greaseless

play \ˈgrēs-ləs\ adjective

greaseproof

play \ˈgrēs-ˈprüf\ adjective
in the grease
of wool or fur : in the natural uncleaned condition

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Origin and Etymology of grease

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


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grease

verb \ ˈgrēs , ˈgrēz \

Definition of grease

greased; greasing
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
transitive verb
: bribe

Examples of grease in a Sentence

  1. Grease the pan before you put the cake batter in.

  2. make sure you grease the pan before you put the batter in

Recent Examples of grease from the Web

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First Known Use of grease

14th century

grease Synonyms

Synonyms
lubricate, oil, slick, wax
Antonyms
complicate
Related Words
bathe, douse (also dowse), drench, soak, souse, wash, water, wet
Near Antonyms
coarsen, rough, roughen; dehydrate, dry, parch, sear


GREASE Defined for English Language Learners

grease

noun

Definition of grease for English Language Learners

  • : melted animal fat

  • : an oily substance


grease

verb

Definition of grease for English Language Learners

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


GREASE Defined for Kids

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grease

noun \ ˈgrēs \

Definition of grease for Students

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

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grease

verb \ ˈgrēs , ˈgrēz \

Definition of grease for Students

greased; greasing
: to coat or lubricate with an oily material


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