- 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 lubricated
I remember the lubricated side against me, not against her, sliding back and forth.How 10 Porn Stars Lost Their Virginity
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Strangers come every day; oil has lubricated every commercial joint.The Gentleman From Indiana
The inner substance was still hard, and was lubricated by the moistened film.A Pair of Blue Eyes
These stones should be lubricated with a mixture of olive oil and paraffin in equal parts.Wood-Carving
Lubricated as it was with the secreted oil of the animal, it was smooth as glass.The Ocean Waifs
When this is done the pictures may be lubricated for burnishing.Photography in the Studio and in the Field
Edward M. Estabrooke
- (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 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.