lubricate

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verb lu·bri·cate \ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt\

Definition of lubricate

lubricated

lubricating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make smooth or slippery

  3. 2 :  to apply a lubricant to

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to act as a lubricant

lubrication

play \ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

lubricative

play \ˈlü-brə-ˌkā-tiv\ adjective

lubricator

play \-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>

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

lubricate

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verb lu·bri·cate \ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt\

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

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verb lu·bri·cate \ˈlü-brə-ˌkāt\

Definition of lubricate for Students

lubricated

lubricating

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


Medical Dictionary

lubricate

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

Medical Definition of lubricate

lubricated

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lubricating

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

lubrication

\ˌlü-brə-ˈkā-shən\play noun


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