Definition of grease verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

grease

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɡriːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grease
BrE BrE//ɡriːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːs//
 
he / she / it greases
BrE BrE//ˈɡriːsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːsɪz//
 
past simple greased
BrE BrE//ɡriːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːst//
 
past participle greased
BrE BrE//ɡriːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːst//
 
-ing form greasing
BrE BrE//ˈɡriːsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːsɪŋ//
 
 
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  • grease something to rub grease or fat on something to grease a cake tin/pan Place the cakes on a lightly greased baking tray.
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French graisse, based on Latin crassus ‘thick, fat’.Idioms
    grease somebody’s palm
     
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    (old-fashioned, informal) to give somebody money in order to persuade them to do something dishonest synonym bribe
    grease the wheels(North American English)(British English oil the wheels)
     
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    to help something to happen easily and without problems, especially in business or politics
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grease