Lubricate Definition

lubricated, lubricates, lubricating
lubricated, lubricates, lubricating
To make slippery or smooth.
Webster's New World
To apply a lubricant to.
Webster's New World
To serve as a lubricant.
Webster's New World
To cause to feel cheerful and sociable by the consumption of alcohol.
I waited until he was lubricated to tell him the news.
American Heritage

Origin of Lubricate

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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