- 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.
Origin of lubricate
Examples from the Web for lubricating
These are for lubricating oils and for the lighting of homes.Checking the Waste
Mary Huston Gregory
He completed and patented his first lubricating cup in 1872.
In the storehouse were two barrels of gasoline, and also some lubricating oils.Dave Porter in the Gold Fields
Meanwhile I began to wonder how our benzine and lubricating oil were faring.The Home of the Blizzard
His tones were low, now, and as oily as a lubricating life-buoy.
- (tr) to cover or treat with an oily or greasy substance so as to lessen friction
- (tr) to make greasy, slippery, or smooth
- (intr) to act as a lubricant
Word Origin and History for lubricating
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.