grease

noun
\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) \

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

grease

verb
\ 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
: bribe

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Other Words from grease

Noun

greaseless \ ˈgrēs-​ləs How to pronounce grease (audio) \ adjective
greaseproof \ ˈgrēs-​ˈprüf How to pronounce grease (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 How Often to Clean a Range Hood Filter Without regular cleaning, your range hood filter can get clogged with grease and the air in your kitchen won't properly circulate. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 Rodney Thompson, 21, of the 7800 block of 160th Street, Tinley Park, was arrested and accused of battery after throwing hot grease on another employee during a physical argument outside of Wendy’s, 7360 W. 159th St., on April 29, police said. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, 18 May 2021 The river is thick with grease, decaying animal corpses, feces, and industrial effluents. Madhushree Ghosh, Longreads, 12 May 2021 The text block with this section explains the science but also boils it down with a quick rule: Never throw water on a grease fire. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 27 May 2021 But Congress wants its focus sharpened on the high-profile chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are widely used in coatings that resist heat, water, and grease. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, 22 Dec. 2020 Rich formulation of high actives sinks deep into skin, leaving no trace of oil or grease. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Some of the items found floating in the water had been disgorged from inside the Nanggala: pieces of Muslim prayer mats, special sponges for clearing condensation, and a bottle of grease used to lubricate periscopes. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2021 Some of the items found floating in the water had been disgorged from inside the Nanggala: pieces of Muslim prayer mats, special sponges for clearing condensation and a bottle of grease used to lubricate periscopes. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lightly grease a chefs' knife with oil and use it to loosen the marshmallow from the sides of the pan. G. Daniela Galarza, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 Generously grease a 9-inch Bundt pan with ghee and coat with arrowroot powder, shaking to discard any excess. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, 6 May 2021 That could get more people back into the workforce, grease the economy and benefit everyone. Colin Walsh, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Lightly grease the outside of a small ovenproof bowl or ramekin (2 cups is more than sufficient) with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Take some of your melted butter and grease your pan. Joe Baur, sun-sentinel.com, 5 May 2021 Grease an 8-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with a round of parchment paper and grease the paper as well. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2021 The authors suggest the negotiators helped grease the wheels for a subsequent larger exchange with a multimillion-euro ransom, which may have only fueled further violence. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2021 Grab your trusty casserole, lightly grease it, then pour in the beans and next five ingredients (ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, brown sugar, and molasses or sorghum syrup). Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of grease

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grease

Noun

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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17 Jun 2021

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“Grease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grease. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for grease

grease

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: melted animal fat
: an oily substance

grease

verb

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

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

grease

noun
\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) \

Kids Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

grease

verb
\ 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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