lubricate

verb lu·bri·cate \ ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt \
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of lubricate

lubricated; lubricating
transitive verb
1 : to make smooth or slippery
2 : to apply a lubricant to
intransitive verb
: to act as a lubricant

lubrication

play \ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

lubricative

play \ˈlü-brə-ˌkā-tiv\ adjective

lubricator

play \ˈlü-brə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of lubricate in a Sentence

  1. it's not a good idea to use olive oil to lubricate the gears in an appliance

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Origin and Etymology of lubricate

Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare, from lubricus slippery — more at sleeve

lubricate Synonyms

Synonyms
grease, oil, slick, wax
Related Words
bathe, douse (also dowse), drench, soak, souse, wash, water, wet
Near Antonyms
coarsen, rough, roughen; dehydrate, dry, parch, sear

LUBRICATE Defined for English Language Learners

lubricate

verb

Definition of lubricate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) smooth or slippery : to apply a lubricant to (something, such as a machine or a part of a machine)


LUBRICATE Defined for Kids

lubricate

verb lu·bri·cate \ ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt \

Definition of lubricate for Students

lubricated; lubricating
: to apply oil or grease to in order to make smooth or slippery
  • Mechanics lubricated the gears.

Medical Dictionary

lubricate

transitive verb lu·bri·cate \ ˈlü-bri-ˌkāt \

medical Definition of lubricate

lubricated; lubricating
: to make smooth, slippery, or oily in motion, action, or appearance
  • lubricate the eye
  • lubricate the skin

lubrication

play \ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən\ noun


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