verb (used with object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.

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

Nearby words

  1. lubitsch, ernst,
  2. lublin,
  3. lubra,
  4. lubric,
  5. lubricant,
  6. lubrication,
  7. lubricator,
  8. lubricatory,
  9. lubricious,
  10. lubriciously

Origin of lubricate

1615–25; < Latin lūbricātus, past participle of lūbricāre to make slippery. See lubric, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for lubrication



(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
Derived Formslubrication, nounlubricational, adjectivelubricative, adjective

Word Origin for lubricate

C17: from Latin lūbricāre, from lūbricus slippery

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Word Origin and History for lubrication
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