Examples of lubricate in a sentence
it's not a good idea to use olive oil to lubricate the gears in an appliance
Origin and Etymology of lubricate
Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare, from lubricus slippery — more at sleeve
First Known Use: circa 1623
LUBRICATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of lubricate for Students
: : to apply oil or grease to in order to make smooth or slippery Mechanics lubricated the gears.
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