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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
: bribe

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Other Words from grease


greaseless \ ˈgrēs-​ləs How to pronounce grease (audio) \ adjective
greaseproof \ ˈgrēs-​ˈprüf How to pronounce grease (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 With all their gear and grease paint on, the bullfighters are ready to enter the arena. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Inside a typical day in the life of a bullfighter, the unsung heroes of National Finals Rodeo," 10 Dec. 2020 Obviously not flamethrowers; if that stuff hit the grease accumulated over the decades, the fireball would be visible from the moon. Star Tribune, "Lileks: Will we ever get over our pandemic cleaning fetish?," 9 Apr. 2021 The baking soda naturally absorbs odors and breaks down grease, leaving your mattress pad fresher after it's been vacuumed away. Lauren Corona,, "Can you wash a mattress topper?," 4 Apr. 2021 The eyes melted into hellish blind blotches and the yellow coloring clearly showed that the pepperoni grease was migrating up the sides. al, "Peepza: There are some decent Peeps recipes out there. This isn’t one of them.," 4 Apr. 2021 One of the most challenging parts of deep cleaning a kitchen is fully removing grease residue. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, "How To Spring Clean Your Kitchen Like a Pro," 1 Apr. 2021 Fumes and filth meant considerable cleaning labor for women—rubbing overalls with lard to remove industrial grease or scrubbing the basin of a washing machine to excise dust and silt. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "A Rust Belt City’s New Working Class," 31 Mar. 2021 Forte's go-to for removing grease stains on the go: dish soap. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Grease Out of Clothes, Whether the Stain Is Fresh or Dried," 29 Mar. 2021 Blockages like this are typically caused by tree roots or when residents flush pre-moistened wipes down the toilet or pour cooking grease down the drain, said city spokeswoman Diane Dulken. oregonlive, "Blocked main leads to sewage overflow in streets of Southeast Portland," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The authors suggest the negotiators helped grease the wheels for a subsequent larger exchange with a multimillion-euro ransom, which may have only fueled further violence. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, "Are more eyes better? How social media can worsen foreign crises.," 26 Apr. 2021 Grab your trusty casserole, lightly grease it, then pour in the beans and next five ingredients (ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, brown sugar, and molasses or sorghum syrup). Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "These Easy Baked Beans Are My Most Requested Summer Side Dish Recipe," 21 Apr. 2021 The Association of American Railroads has also weighed in to grease the tracks for a VMT tax. Jeremy Lott, Washington Examiner, "Polling shows slight majority support for mileage tax," 15 Apr. 2021 Lightly grease a large, parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Ham and Cheese Pinwheels," 29 Mar. 2021 Generously grease the bottom of a shallow 10-inch ovenproof cast-iron pan with some of the brown butter. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "All hail the mighty potato! No, really," 23 Mar. 2021 Lightly grease each tin with cooking spray or oil and place a circle of dough into each tin. Washington Post, "With a flaky crust and delicate filling, Chinese egg tarts evoke sweet memories and a fusion cuisine," 22 Mar. 2021 Lightly grease a 12-cup mini cheesecake pan with removable bottoms. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Mini Bird’s Nest Key Lime Cheesecakes," 29 Mar. 2021 Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Coconut Macaroons, Walnut Cookies, Fudgy Passover Brownies," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Grease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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