lubricate definition by Webster's New World
- to make slippery or smooth
- to apply a lubricant to
Origin: ; from Classical Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare, to make smooth or slippery ; from lubricus, smooth, slippery ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sleub-, to slide, slip from source slip, sleeve
lubricate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing, lu·bri·cates verb, transitive
- To apply a lubricant to.
- To make slippery or smooth.
Origin: Latin lūbricāre, lūbricāt-, from lūbricus, slippery; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.
- luˌbri·caˈtion noun
- luˈbri·caˌtive adjective