verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare, from lubricus slippery — more at sleeve Date: circa 1623 transitive verb 1. to make smooth or slippery 2. to apply a lubricant to intransitive verb to act as a lubricant • lubrication nounlubricative adjectivelubricator noun

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  • Lubricate — Lu bri*cate, v. t. [L. lubricatus, p. p. of lubricare to lubricate. See {Lubric}.] 1. To make smooth or slippery; as, mucilaginous and saponaceous remedies lubricate the parts to which they are applied. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] Supples,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lubricate — (v.) 1620s, to make slippery or smooth (especially by the application of an oil), from L. lubricatus, pp. of lubricare to make slippery or smooth, from lubricus slippery (see LUBRICANT (Cf. lubricant) (adj.)). Related: Lubricated; lubricating.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lubricate — grease, *oil, anoint, cream …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lubricate — [v] make slippery anoint, cream, grease, lard, lube, make, oil, oil the wheels*, slick, smear, smooth, tallow, wax; concept 202 Ant. dry …   New thesaurus

  • lubricate — ► VERB ▪ apply oil or grease to (an engine or component) to minimize friction. DERIVATIVES lubrication noun lubricator noun. ORIGIN Latin lubricare make slippery , from lubricus slippery …   English terms dictionary

  • lubricate — [lo͞o′brikāt΄] vt. lubricated, lubricating [< L lubricatus, pp. of lubricare, to make smooth or slippery < lubricus, smooth, slippery < IE base * sleub , to slide, slip > SLIP3, SLEEVE] 1. to make slippery or smooth 2. to apply a… …   English World dictionary

  • lubricate — [[t]lu͟ːbrɪkeɪt[/t]] lubricates, lubricating, lubricated 1) VERB If you lubricate something such as a part of a machine, you put a substance such as oil on it so that it moves smoothly. [FORMAL] [V n] Mineral oils are used to lubricate machinery …   English dictionary

  • lubricate — lubrication, n. lubricational, adj. lubricative, adj. lubricatory /looh bri keuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /looh bri kayt /, v., lubricated, lubricating. v.t. 1. to apply some oily or greasy substance to (a machine, parts of a mechanism, etc.) in… …   Universalium

  • lubricate — lu·bri·cate lü bri .kāt vt, cat·ed; cat·ing to make smooth, slippery, or oily in motion, action, or appearance <lubricate the eye> <lubricate the skin> lu·bri·ca·tion .lü brə kā shən n …   Medical dictionary

  • lubricate — UK [ˈluːbrɪkeɪt] / US [ˈlubrɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms lubricate : present tense I/you/we/they lubricate he/she/it lubricates present participle lubricating past tense lubricated past participle lubricated 1) to put oil on the parts of… …   English dictionary

  • lubricate — verb Lubricate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑engine, ↑joint …   Collocations dictionary

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