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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

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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

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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 Applicants would need to submit construction and plumbing plans, obtain plumbing approval and meet essential requirements including a grease trap. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Restaurants can reopen Friday in Kentucky. Why some bars and pubs will reopen, too," 19 May 2020 Thermodynamics carries the whiff of engine grease and grit, of steaming across the countryside in the first trains and conquering the waves in the first ocean liners, of marveling at the landscape from a hot-air balloon. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020 The company handles municipal sludge hauling, grease trap, grit trap, septic tank, lift station and lint trap cleaning and maintenance. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Company offers wastewater discounts to restaurants," 8 Apr. 2020 The grease and funk of this head-nodding jam manages to locate a very specific intersection of something that feels good but is not good for you and the irresistible temptation towards the latter. Leah Greenblatt,, "10 essential Bill Withers' songs," 3 Apr. 2020 Alabama lawmakers passed legislation requiring more secure grease trap covers. Washington Post, "Girl’s fall into grease pit prompts effort to toughen fines," 4 Feb. 2020 For extra shine, use enough cleaner to dissolve grease and buff with a clean microfiber cloth afterward. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances and Sinks," 21 Jan. 2020 In 2018, public works removed a 19-ton mass of wipes and accumulated grease that attached to the wipes from the sewer system, a gloppy mass that became known as the Macomb County Fatberg. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb County public works boss to sue companies that make disposable wipes," 6 May 2020 Give these spots a once-over by wiping away any grease or grime from the handles with soapy water, then rinse and dry. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "8 Places in Your Home That Are Dirtier Than You Think," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lightly grease with butter or cooking spray two (8- or 9-inch) pie plates or a large heavy cast-iron skillet (or a baking sheet). Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Low on yeast and flour? You can still have (mostly) homemade pizza pinwheels," 21 May 2020 The skids had not yet been greased under George Wilson, so in 1963 Shula went to Baltimore and at age 33 became the youngest head coach in pro football. George Puscas, Detroit Free Press, "Flashback: When Don Shula left Detroit Lions, everything began to fall apart," 4 May 2020 Despite being white outliers, the Beastie Boys’ path towards innovation was greased from the start. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Beastie Boys Keep It On and On," 24 Apr. 2020 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and grease your muffin tin. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "Eating in: How to transform pantry staples into comfort food," 27 Mar. 2020 Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a casserole dish with spray or butter. 2. Alex Darus, cleveland, "What to make mom for Mother’s Day? Michael Symon, Matt Fish and other Northeast Ohio chefs offer tips," 4 May 2020 Lightly grease a 9- by 13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper, so there’s a 2-inch overhang on either side — this will help with easier removal from pan. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Substitutions are welcome in these carrot cheesecake bars," 16 Apr. 2020 In Cohen’s telling, conservative decisions on criminal procedure greased the wheels for the mass incarceration state. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Took Over the Supreme Court," 7 Apr. 2020 Lightly grease a large baking sheet and set it aside., "Recipe: Roasted Balsamic Cabbage Steaks," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: melted animal fat
: an oily substance


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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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