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[loo-bri-keyt] /ˈlu brɪˌkeɪt/

verb (used with object), lubricated, lubricating.
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 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), lubricated, lubricating.
to act as a .
to apply a to something.
Slang. to drink or become drunk.
(transitive) to cover or treat with an oily or greasy substance so as to lessen friction
(transitive) to make greasy, slippery, or smooth
(intransitive) to act as a lubricant

1640s, “act of lubricating,” noun of action from lubricate (v.). Earlier were lubifraction (1540s).

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.


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