\ 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

Fry or bake the bacon until crispy and then drain off grease. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 Grill surface lights, an easy-open hood, and its seamless welded construction (no gaps for grease to get stuck in!) are just a bonus. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Clean a Grill Without Soap and Water," 14 Aug. 2019 And speaking of snacks, don’t expect the typical amusement-park grease bombs. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "20 awesome things to do at Legoland," 21 July 2019 There are a number of possible culprits for a faulty sewer system: grease buildup, blockage from debris, tree roots penetrating the sewer lines. Jessica Levy, The Courier-Journal, "What you need to know about plumbing before buying a home," 15 July 2019 Look out especially for prominent splatters or grease stains, since these messes can add their scent to fresh foods and cause harmful smoke during baking. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Actually Clean an Oven—Because It’s Probably Long Overdue," 15 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wall Street greased the path to debacle, reaping more than $900 million in fees to manage $126.6 billion of bond sales since 2000. Michael Deibert, Fortune, "Puerto Rico Governor’s Resignation Shakes Bankrupt Island," 25 July 2019 And to grease the skids, maybe literally, for moving these stones, some of which weighed 30 tons? Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Finding the solitude and sense of freedom that vacation affords," 18 July 2019 As archaeologist Lisa-Marie Shillito suggests in the journal Antiquity, lipid residue found in pottery at the nearby Durrington Walls site indicates ancient Britons may have relied on pig fat to grease this system of logs and sledges. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Did Stonehenge’s Builders Use Lard to Move Its Boulders Into Place?," 17 July 2019 Many politicians were convicted of paying or accepting large bribes to grease large-scale projects paid with public funds. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Odebrecht Bankruptcy to Hurt Brazilian State-Owned Banks," 18 June 2019 Use cooking oil spray to grease an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat; the pan will be ready when a drop of water sizzles on the surface. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 The wealthy have always had an edge, but the revelation that dozens actually paid to grease their kids’ way underscores what many parents feel in their bones: the college admissions process has become an escalating contest where money often wins. Ben Steverman,, "Rich Parents Have Plenty of Ways to Game the U.S. Education System," 12 Mar. 2019 The main role of government for Britain’s new Liberal Party, then, was just keeping the wheels of commerce greased and staying out of the way. John Broich, The Conversation, "The difference between ‘left’ and ‘liberal’ – and why voters need to know," 30 July 2019 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

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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 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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