lubricate

verb
lu·bri·cate | \ ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt \
lubricated; lubricating

Definition of lubricate 

transitive verb

1 : to make smooth or slippery

2 : to apply a lubricant to

intransitive verb

: to act as a lubricant

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Other words from lubricate

lubrication \ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən \ noun
lubricative \ˈlü-brə-ˌkā-tiv \ adjective
lubricator \ˈlü-brə-ˌkā-tər \ noun

Synonyms for lubricate

Synonyms

grease, oil, slick, wax

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Examples of lubricate in a Sentence

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

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To reach the prostate, lubricate a finger and gently put it up the man's rectum. Redbook, "33 Sexy Places to Touch Your Guy," 30 Oct. 2017 That’s federal interest in data, but such interest also lubricates hardware and launch. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "It's Business Time for Rocket Lab, Launcher of Small Satellites," 22 June 2018 But his conversations with his interlocutors — searching, spiraling, well lubricated with wine — answer a separate question very decisively. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Essays That Make Sense of the Infinite and the Infinitesimal," 15 May 2018 To lubricate the slipknot, Brazile uses baby powder. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Water transports nutrients, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints and internal organs, supports the structure of cells and tissues and preserves cardiovascular function. New York Times, "How to Meet Your Body’s Water Needs," 9 July 2018 Phoenix had originally acquired the selection through the 2014 Goran Dragic trade, one of myriad deals that have showcased the value future picks can have when lubricating trade discussions for All-Stars and MVP candidates. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "From War Rooms to the Green Room: Behind the Scenes of Thursday's No. 16 Pick Chaos," 23 June 2018 Total body booster Movement keeps your joints lubricated and improves circulation. Philly.com, "3 exercises for beating the afternoon slump," 24 Apr. 2018 Properly lubricated, the men went upstairs to the yoga studio, chilling on their mats with a couple pints queued up in front of them. Gil Kaufman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Chance the Rapper Does Beer Yoga With Kevin Hart: 'It Exists, It's Not Fake': Watch," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of lubricate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lubricate

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

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The first known use of lubricate was circa 1623

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lubricate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lubricate

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

lubricate

verb
lu·bri·cate | \ ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt \
lubricated; lubricating

Kids Definition of lubricate

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

lubricate

transitive verb
lu·bri·cate | \ ˈlü-bri-ˌkāt \
lubricated; lubricating

Medical Definition of lubricate 

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

Other words from lubricate

lubrication \ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən \ noun

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