Lubricate meaning

lo͝obrĭ-kāt
To make slippery or smooth.
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To apply a lubricant to or make slippery.

She lubricated the bike chain.

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To facilitate or make easier.

Tried to lubricate the relations between ambassadors.

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To cause to feel cheerful and sociable by the consumption of alcohol.

I waited until he was lubricated to tell him the news.

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To act as a lubricant.
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To apply a lubricant to.
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To serve as a lubricant.
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To make slippery or smooth (normally to minimize friction) by applying a lubricant.
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Origin of lubricate

  • Latin lūbricāre lūbricāt- from lūbricus slippery sleubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare (“to make slippery"), from lubricus (“slippery").

    From Wiktionary