verb (used with object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.
verb (used without object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.
Origin of lubricate
Word Origin 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.