transitive verblubricated, lubricating
- to make slippery or smooth
- to apply a lubricant to
Origin of lubricate; 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
verblu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing, lu·bri·cates
- To apply a lubricant to or make slippery: She lubricated the bike chain.
- To facilitate or make easier: tried to lubricate the relations between ambassadors.
- To cause to feel cheerful and sociable by the consumption of alcohol: I waited until he was lubricated to tell him the news.
Origin of lubricateLatin lūbricāre, lūbricāt-, from lūbricus, slippery; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present lubricates, present participle lubricating, simple past and past participle lubricated)
- To make slippery or smooth (normally to minimize friction) by applying a lubricant.
From Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare (“to make slippery”), from lubricus (“slippery”).