Definition of "lubricate" []

  • To apply a lubricant to. (verb-transitive)
  • To make slippery or smooth. (verb-transitive)
  • To act as a lubricant. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cover or treat with an oily or greasy substance so as to lessen friction (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make greasy, slippery, or smooth (verb)
  • To act as a lubricant (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lubricate" in a sentence
  • "I use the term 'lubricate' because a recent study showed how researchers could pick out orgasmic women by simply watching them walk."
  • "Also HAARP can facilitate earthquakes in that it boils water in thedeep rock layers and may 'lubricate' the faultlines to slip."
  • "The State claims the money was meant to "lubricate" provincial approval of the R550 million project - approval that came only after the two men made personal interventions in the process."