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lubricate

[ loo-bri-keyt ]
/ ˈlu brɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.

verb (used without object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.

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Origin of lubricate

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin lūbricātus, past participle of lūbricāre “to make slippery.” See lubric, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for lubricate

lubricate
/ (ˈluːbrɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

(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
lubrication, nounlubricational, adjectivelubricative, adjective
C17: from Latin lūbricāre, from lūbricus slippery
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