- 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 lubricate
Beauty, fame, It Girl status, and old money (never new) all lubricate the entry process.Inside London’s Hottest Celebrity Haunt—But How Long Will Chiltern Firehouse Burn?
June 9, 2014
It will be proper to lubricate the knife with kerosene after the first mark is made.On Laboratory Arts
Lubricate the two stop-cocks with resin ointment (Fig. 137).The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
The next operation after moulding the bullets is to lubricate them.Pistol and Revolver Shooting
A. L. A. Himmelwright
In medicine, substances which are calculated to soften and lubricate the parts to which they are applied.
With silon covering to lubricate the cut, there's nothing to it.Thin Edge
Gordon Randall Garrett
- (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 lubricate
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.