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[loo-bri-keyt] /ˈlu brɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), lubricated, lubricating.
to apply some oily or greasy substance to (a machine, parts of a mechanism, etc.) in order to diminish friction; oil or grease (something).
to make slippery or smooth; apply a lubricant to:
to lubricate one's hands with a lotion.
to smooth over, as a difficulty or human relationship; ease:
to lubricate the friction between enemies.
Slang. to provide with intoxicating drinks.
Slang. to bribe.
verb (used without object), lubricated, lubricating.
to act as a lubricant.
to apply a lubricant to something.
Slang. to drink or become drunk.
Origin of lubricate
1615-25; < Latin lūbricātus, past participle of lūbricāre to make slippery. See lubric, -ate1
Related forms
lubrication, noun
lubricational, adjective
lubricative, adjective
[loo-bri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlu brɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonlubricating, adjective
overlubricate, verb (used with object), overlubricated, overlubricating.
overlubrication, noun
relubricate, verb (used with object), relubricated, relubricating.
relubrication, noun
self-lubricated, adjective
self-lubricating, adjective
self-lubrication, noun
unlubricated, adjective
unlubricating, adjective
unlubricative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Strangers come every day; oil has lubricated every commercial joint.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • The inner substance was still hard, and was lubricated by the moistened film.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • These stones should be lubricated with a mixture of olive oil and paraffin in equal parts.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • lubricated as it was with the secreted oil of the animal, it was smooth as glass.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • When this is done the pictures may be lubricated for burnishing.

  • Paul, this butter has lubricated the springs of your intelligence.

    Economic Sophisms Frederic Bastiat
  • The bearings thus made are lubricated with a little lard or grease.

  • And with this theory she lubricated an easy-going conscience.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • His voice was lubricated with the sweet-oil of willing servitude.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
British Dictionary definitions for lubricated


(transitive) to cover or treat with an oily or greasy substance so as to lessen friction
(transitive) to make greasy, slippery, or smooth
(intransitive) to act as a lubricant
Derived Forms
lubrication, noun
lubricational, adjective
lubricative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūbricāre, from lūbricus slippery
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Word Origin and History for lubricated



1620s, "to make slippery or smooth" (especially by the application of an oil), from Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare "to make slippery or smooth," from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Related: Lubricated; lubricating. Earlier verb was lubrify (1610s), from Medieval Latin lubrificare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lubricated



Drunk; oiled (1927+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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