Definitions for lubricateˈlu brɪˌkeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lu•bri•cateˈlu brɪˌkeɪt(v.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to apply an oily or greasy substance to in order to diminish friction; make slippery.

    Category: Machinery

  2. to cause to run smoother; ease:

    to lubricate relations between enemies.

  3. Slang. to provide with liquor.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. Slang. to bribe.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  5. (v.i.)to act as a lubricant.

  6. to apply a lubricant to something.

Origin of lubricate:

1615–25; < L lūbricātus, ptp. of lūbricāre to make slippery, der. of lūbricus slippery, smooth


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lubricate(verb)

    have lubricating properties

    "the liquid in this can lubricates well"

  2. lubricate, lube(verb)

    apply a lubricant to

    "lubricate my car"

  3. lubricate(verb)

    make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant

    "lubricate the key"


  1. lubricate(Verb)

    To make slippery or smooth (normally to minimize friction) by applying a lubricant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lubricate(verb)

    to make smooth or slippery; as, mucilaginous and saponaceous remedies lubricate the parts to which they are applied

  2. Lubricate(verb)

    to apply a lubricant to, as oil or tallow

Translations for lubricate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to oil (a machine etc) to make it move more easily and smoothly.

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