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 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

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

Then that can lead to grease, because my skin starts to overcompensate. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "14 Skin-Care Products Flight Attendants Swear By For Travel-Induced Dryness," 14 Mar. 2019 The enzymes from the onion will help break down the oil and the grease. Brianna Steinhilber /, NBC News, "A better way to clean your BBQ grill," 29 June 2018 Pointing to a section of the north wall overlooking the river, Sharma said that workers had recently applied the clay mixture known as fuller's earth, traditionally used as a bleaching agent to absorb oil and grease from sheep's wool. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 Line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the two long sides; grease paper. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chocolate-Matcha Swirl Pound Cake," 19 Mar. 2019 Applying grease to the poles, is a harmless deterrent. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "TV news anchor wins the 'Greasing of the Poles' Mardi Gras contest," 9 Feb. 2018 Apply a thin film of high-temp brake grease to any sliding surfaces. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Squeaky Brakes," 14 Mar. 2019 Then, run a hot-water cycle, which will help wash away grease and grime in the machine. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "You Should Be Cleaning Your Dishwasher Once a Month—Here's How," 15 Feb. 2019 The bags were smeared with grease to ward off drug-sniffing dogs, and workers poured 2 inches of oil to the bottom of the train car to deter U.S. inspectors from stepping inside. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What El Chapo’s Trial Revealed: The Inner Workings of a $14 Billion Drug Empire," 12 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Lightly grease the onion slice and the cut side of a lime. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "Go for grateness: 6 simple rules for grilling productively," 12 June 2018 The moves are meant to grease the financial system, ease worries about trouble at banks and keep them providing loans to people and businesses. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency keeps falling," 14 Aug. 2018 In one alleged violation, senior managers at an international Beam unit agreed to pay an Indian official about $18,000 -- the cost of 1,000 standard whiskey bottles in the U.S. -- to grease the approval process for a new product back in 2011. Ben Bain, chicagotribune.com, "Jim Beam to pay $8 million SEC fine amid allegations of bribing Indian government officials," 3 July 2018 Spread batter in greased 13-inch by 9-inch pan; sprinkle with topping. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Great-Grannie's Old Fashioned Coffee Cake," 3 Sep. 2015 Spray a 9-by-9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray (or grease with butter), and coat with flour. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Sawyer’s Julio Avila re-imagines his grandmother’s beloved tres leches cake recipe — with an extra burst of ‘milk’," 29 Jan. 2019 So, to grease the fertility wheels, a number of women are turning (back about three millennia) to acupuncture. Kristen Dold, Marie Claire, "Could Acupuncture Get You Pregnant?," 18 Sep. 2017

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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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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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