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

 

lubricate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lubricate
BrE BrE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it lubricates
BrE BrE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪts//
 
past simple lubricated
BrE BrE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle lubricated
BrE BrE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form lubricating
BrE BrE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːbrɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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lubricate something to put a lubricant on something such as the parts of a machine, to help them move smoothly synonym grease, oil Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin lubricat- ‘made slippery’, from the verb lubricare, from lubricus ‘slippery’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lubricate