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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 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

My engineer son took apart his dishwasher's mechanisms and found his problem was caused by accumulated grease. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Celebrate the Fourth!," 4 July 2019 The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the plant processes corn oil and greases into biodiesel. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Fang says that the microwave is also a great tool for cooking bacon, without having to worry about getting grease splatters everywhere. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Microwave Hacks That Will Change Your Cooking Game," 9 May 2019 Another is trichloroethylene, which is used to make a refrigerant chemical and remove grease from metal parts and is associated with cancers of the liver, kidneys and blood. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A.," 7 June 2018 Crews found smoke coming from the roof of the single story market and quickly extinguished a small grease fire in the cooking area, according to the report. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire damages San Ysidro grocery," 19 June 2019 Industries use them in countless consumer items — food packaging, carpets and couches, dental floss and outdoor gear — to repeal grease, water and stains. Anchorage Daily News, "FDA: Sampling finds toxic nonstick compounds in some food," 4 June 2019 Industries use the product to keep grease, water and stains off countless consumer items, including in food packaging, carpets and couches, dental floss and outdoor gear. Michael Casey, The Denver Post, "FDA finds contamination by “forever chemicals” in grocery store meats, seafood and chocolate cake," 3 June 2019 Covered in grease, Barnaby picked out a 24-month wheel, one that would crumble nicely and pair well with a dry white wine. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Driving 2,000 Miles for a Wheel of Cheese," 30 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And the show greases that torpedo with the occasional bouts of extreme gore, nudity, and rape. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 To help grease the wheels, Niantic is letting players do five special trades and reducing the stardust cost by 50 percent. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "5 quick tips for Pokemon Go Fest 2019," 13 June 2019 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,, "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

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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)


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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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