\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 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

The employee then grabbed two pans of grease and threw it at the women. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Philadelphia Checkers employee allegedly threw hot grease on customer in drive-thru over order dispute," 9 Sep. 2018 But the Cavaliers experimented with different lineups, overhauling their roster more than once, and the point guard position was a grease fire at times. Marc Stein, New York Times, "LeBron James Joining Lakers on 4-Year $154 Million Deal," 1 July 2018 Pour warm bacon grease from skillet and toss again. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 Green beans Serves 4 to 6 1 29-ounce can green beans 1/2 small onion, diced 4 to 6 ounces ham, diced 2 tablespoons bacon greaseSalt and pepper to taste Place all ingredients in a roomy pot. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Taste a piece of Louisville history with these iconic Kaelin's recipes," 24 May 2018 But soon after, authorities say Carter — with a pot of hot grease in one hand and bleach and a butcher knife in the other — hunted down Henderson. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "DeKalb woman convicted of throwing hot grease in victim’s face," 13 July 2018 Even though the recording machine may grind to a temporary halt this year, there's plenty of grease on the gears of their unabashed brand of jubilant, deliberately grimey rock and roll to keep them running strong. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Three to see: Summer heats up with electric artists," 29 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lightly grease a 10-quart nonstick Bundt pan with shortening and dust with flour, tapping out excess. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Election Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 Companies have also complained to FDA that they should be allowed to continue using trans fats in limited circumstances – such as to enhance product flavors or grease industrial baking pans. Author: Caitlin Dewey, Anchorage Daily News, "Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, are officially banned," 19 June 2018 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

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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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