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lubricate

[loo-bri-keyt] /ˈlu brɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), lubricated, lubricating.
1.
to apply some oily or greasy substance to (a machine, parts of a mechanism, etc.) in order to diminish friction; oil or grease (something).
2.
to make slippery or smooth; apply a lubricant to:
to lubricate one's hands with a lotion.
3.
to smooth over, as a difficulty or human relationship; ease:
to lubricate the friction between enemies.
4.
Slang. to provide with intoxicating drinks.
5.
Slang. to bribe.
verb (used without object), lubricated, lubricating.
6.
to act as a lubricant.
7.
to apply a lubricant to something.
8.
Slang. to drink or become drunk.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin lūbricātus, past participle of lūbricāre to make slippery. See lubric, -ate1
Related forms
lubrication, noun
lubricational, adjective
lubricative, adjective
lubricatory
[loo-bri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlu brɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonlubricating, adjective
overlubricate, verb (used with object), overlubricated, overlubricating.
overlubrication, noun
relubricate, verb (used with object), relubricated, relubricating.
relubrication, noun
self-lubricated, adjective
self-lubricating, adjective
self-lubrication, noun
unlubricated, adjective
unlubricating, adjective
unlubricative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for overlubricate

lubricate

/ˈluːbrɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cover or treat with an oily or greasy substance so as to lessen friction
2.
(transitive) to make greasy, slippery, or smooth
3.
(intransitive) to act as a lubricant
Derived Forms
lubrication, noun
lubricational, adjective
lubricative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūbricāre, from lūbricus slippery
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Word Origin and History for overlubricate

lubricate

v.

1620s, "to make slippery or smooth" (especially by the application of an oil), from Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare "to make slippery or smooth," from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Related: Lubricated; lubricating. Earlier verb was lubrify (1610s), from Medieval Latin lubrificare.

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