\ 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

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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 Drain all but 3 tablespoons of the sausage grease from the pan. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Ready for fall? Try these ready-to-serve casserole recipes," 16 Sep. 2019 Clean the battery well, removing any dust, grease, or dirt. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower Before You Stow It Away," 11 Sep. 2019 While harmless when ingested, the vitamin E oil — essentially a grease that reverts to its original form after entering the lungs — could be hazardous when inhaled. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Minnesotan is fifth to die from lung injuries ‘associated’ with vaping, state officials say," 6 Sep. 2019 Industries use them in countless consumer items – food packaging, carpets and couches, dental floss and outdoor gear – to repeal grease, water and stains. Ellen Knickmeyer, John Flesher And Michael Casey, Detroit Free Press, "FDA: Sampling finds toxic nonstick PFAS compounds in some food," 18 Apr. 2019 Moments later, the rat leaps from the counter and into a pool of grease stored in a deep fryer. Gerren Keith Gaynor, Fox News, "Viral video appears to show rat jumping into fryer at Texas Whataburger: report," 2 Sep. 2019 Put the cup of bacon grease back into the pot and use a whisk to stir in the garlic. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Beer + cheese. Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Kentucky concoction," 26 Aug. 2019 An Alabama woman used a pot of hot grease to defend herself when her ex-boyfriend burglarized her home, authorities said. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Alabama woman fights off armed burglar with pot of hot grease, cops say," 6 Aug. 2019 Here’s another tip: a lot of grease drips out of 80/20 beef, so save yourself a lot of cleanup by placing a disposable aluminum pan under the patties. Chuck Blount,, "Celebrate July 4th with burgers, hot dogs freed from the grill," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two generations of political consultants have made their careers by knowing how to fill hotel rooms in Des Moines and whose palms to grease in Nashua. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Cancel the Primaries," 1 Nov. 2019 The implication is that Wayne’s voice matters; the black characters are there to help grease the skids for Joker’s imminent rise. Beandrea July, Time, "In Joker, Black Women Are Visible But They Are Not Seen," 11 Oct. 2019 Use the shortening to generously grease a 10-inch Bundt pan., "Most read on," 24 Sep. 2019 Use up to a tablespoon of oil to grease both fillets all over, then season them lightly with the salt and pepper. Washington Post, "A fresh 20-minute take on the classic pairing of salmon and citrus," 30 July 2019 Investment banks that match buyers and sellers of securities used to grease the system by holding troves of bonds on their own balance-sheets. The Economist, "Another European fund manager runs into concerns over liquidity," 28 June 2019 The researchers suggest that the imaginative work of constructing a fictional universe in our heads helps grease our cognitive wheels. Roger J. Kreuz, Quartz, "The one skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, Conan O’Brien is headed to that far-north territory to cash in on the laughs and curiosity, and maybe… grease the wheels for a deal? Dan Snierson,, "Conan headed to Greenland for special episode," 20 Aug. 2019 Generations of Indian bureaucrats had parleyed with them to try winning over Kashmiris, greasing the wheels with subsidies. The Economist, "India abruptly ends the last special protection enjoyed by Kashmir," 8 Aug. 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of grease was in the 13th century

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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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