\ 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


\ 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


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

Synonyms for grease

Synonyms: Verb

lubricate, oil, slick, wax

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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

Sales rose 7% to $114 million for the quarter, which the company said was bolstered by especially strong North American sales as customers stocked up on their grease and cleaning products. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Customers stockpiled WD-40 because of price hikes. Its stock is soaring," 10 July 2019 Used restaurant grease and other oils unsuitable for human consumption, added to enhance palatability for our pooches. Brian Kateman, Quartz, "Vegan pets sound bougie, but they might just save the Earth," 12 June 2019 Throw out the box if there’s a lot of grease and food left inside. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How to recycle like a pro in Anchorage," 7 June 2019 My engineer son took apart his dishwasher's mechanisms and found his problem was caused by accumulated grease. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Celebrate the Fourth!," 4 July 2019 The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the plant processes corn oil and greases into biodiesel. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Fang says that the microwave is also a great tool for cooking bacon, without having to worry about getting grease splatters everywhere. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Microwave Hacks That Will Change Your Cooking Game," 9 May 2019 Another is trichloroethylene, which is used to make a refrigerant chemical and remove grease from metal parts and is associated with cancers of the liver, kidneys and blood. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A.," 7 June 2018 Crews found smoke coming from the roof of the single story market and quickly extinguished a small grease fire in the cooking area, according to the report. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire damages San Ysidro grocery," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Food, rides, games, greased pole climb, musical acts. Susan Dunne,, "Connecticut celebrates diversity with these cultural festivals through the rest of summer," 18 July 2019 The mother-daughter duo partook in the age-old tradition of moisturizing and greasing one’s scalp. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Grease In Greece: Willow Smith Greases Her Mother’s Scalp In This Candid Mother-Daughter Moment," 14 July 2019 Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment with butter. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 Even listings services Zillow and Redfin have launched similar programs hoping to grease the wheels of a real estate transaction that is stressful, time-consuming, and costly. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "New home flipping platform sells to the first bidder, not the highest," 19 Sep. 2018 And the show greases that torpedo with the occasional bouts of extreme gore, nudity, and rape. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 To help grease the wheels, Niantic is letting players do five special trades and reducing the stardust cost by 50 percent. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "5 quick tips for Pokemon Go Fest 2019," 13 June 2019 Oil money greased every sector of society—from the government, military, business and media to nongovernmental organizations including religious groups. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Power and Money in Venezuela," 10 Feb. 2019 Lightly grease 12-inch nonstick skillet; heat on medium until hot. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "The All-Time Easiest Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe," 17 July 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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The first known use of grease was in the 13th century

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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)


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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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to complain fretfully

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