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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
: bribe

Other Words from grease


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 In the laundry, use a little dish soap as a stain remover — especially to remove grease stains. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 12 Aug. 2022 Metal filings littered the floor inside the shop’s single room, its walls stained black by soot and grease. Susannah George, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 The 30-year-old man was burned when a fryer was overturned in the crash, spilling grease on him. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 9 Aug. 2022 Your range hood is a grease magnet, and as dust latches on over time, the surface gets harder to clean with ordinary sprays. Andrea Crowley, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Aug. 2022 The crash caused equipment damage and overturned a fryer, which caused grease to be spilled on a 30-year-old man. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 The glass also might be hard to keep clean with kitchen splatters and grease. Rennie Dyball, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 Pancake batter needs quick, instant heat to properly rise and develop a perfect brown color without getting grease-logged. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 6 Aug. 2022 But veteran conference attendees understand that relationships are the grease that keeps the conference running. Peter Schravemade, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Book of the Courtier that a chipper personality could grease the skids of their social or political ambitions. Ian Beacock, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2022 Do not grease the sides, to help the sponge climb to its full height and stay there. Carol Deptolla, Journal Sentinel, 27 July 2022 Slide one of the tortillas around to grease the skillet with the oil, then add the remaining tortillas in a single layer. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 Step 4Lightly grease a 9-inch round broiler-safe cake pan or 2-quart oval casserole dish with remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. People Staff,, 1 Aug. 2022 Lightly grease the same skillet and then make two piles of about 1/3 cup of cheese each. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Lightly grease a large bowl with cooking spray and set aside. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 24 May 2022 Federal student loan subsidies for graduate education, which are more expansive than subsidies for undergraduates, grease the wheels of the advanced-degree machine. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Original owners of these Springfield Rolls-Royces would have had drivers whose job was not just to steer and stop and shift all four gears, but to fettle the mechanicals, grease the Alamite fittings, change the belts and polish, polish, polish. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 July 2022 See More

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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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\ 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


\ 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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