[ loo-bri-keyt ]
/ ˈlu brɪˌkeɪt /
verb (used with object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.
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Origin of lubricate
OTHER WORDS FROM lubricate
lu·bri·ca·tion, nounlu·bri·ca·tion·al, adjectivelu·bri·ca·tive, adjectivelu·bri·ca·to·ry [loo-bri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlu brɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
non·lu·bri·cat·ing, adjectiveo·ver·lu·bri·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·lu·bri·cat·ed, o·ver·lu·bri·cat·ing.o·ver·lu·bri·ca·tion, nounre·lu·bri·cate, verb (used with object), re·lu·bri·cat·ed, re·lu·bri·cat·ing.re·lu·bri·ca·tion, nounself-lu·bri·cat·ed, adjectiveself-lu·bri·cat·ing, adjectiveself-lu·bri·ca·tion, nounun·lu·bri·cat·ed, adjectiveun·lu·bri·cat·ing, adjectiveun·lu·bri·ca·tive, adjective
Words nearby lubricate
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British Dictionary definitions for relubrication
/ (ˈluːbrɪˌkeɪt) /
(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 forms of lubricatelubrication, nounlubricational, adjectivelubricative, adjective
Word Origin for lubricate
C17: from Latin lūbricāre, from lūbricus slippery
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