lubricate


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lu·bri·cate

 (lo͞o′brĭ-kāt′)
v. lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing, lu·bri·cates
v.tr.
1. To apply a lubricant to or make slippery: She lubricated the bike chain.
2. To facilitate or make easier: tried to lubricate the relations between ambassadors.
3. To cause to feel cheerful and sociable by the consumption of alcohol: I waited until he was lubricated to tell him the news.
v.intr.
To act as a lubricant.

[Latin lūbricāre, lūbricāt-, from lūbricus, slippery; see sleubh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

lu′bri·ca′tion n.
lu′bri·ca′tive adj.

lubricate

(ˈluːbrɪˌkeɪt)
vb
1. (tr) to cover or treat with an oily or greasy substance so as to lessen friction
2. (tr) to make greasy, slippery, or smooth
3. (intr) to act as a lubricant
[C17: from Latin lūbricāre, from lūbricus slippery]
ˌlubriˈcation n
ˌlubriˈcational adj
ˈlubriˌcative adj

lu•bri•cate

(ˈlu brɪˌkeɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
1. to apply an oily or greasy substance to in order to diminish friction; make slippery.
2. to cause to run smoother; ease: to lubricate relations between enemies.
3. Slang. to provide with liquor.
4. Slang. to bribe.
v.i.
5. to act as a lubricant.
6. to apply a lubricant to something.
[1615–25; < Latin lūbricātus, past participle of lūbricāre to make slippery, derivative of lūbricus slippery, smooth]
lu′bri•ca`tive, adj.
lu′bri•ca`tor, n.

lubricate


Past participle: lubricated
Gerund: lubricating

Imperative
lubricate
lubricate
Present
I lubricate
you lubricate
he/she/it lubricates
we lubricate
you lubricate
they lubricate
Preterite
I lubricated
you lubricated
he/she/it lubricated
we lubricated
you lubricated
they lubricated
Present Continuous
I am lubricating
you are lubricating
he/she/it is lubricating
we are lubricating
you are lubricating
they are lubricating
Present Perfect
I have lubricated
you have lubricated
he/she/it has lubricated
we have lubricated
you have lubricated
they have lubricated
Past Continuous
I was lubricating
you were lubricating
he/she/it was lubricating
we were lubricating
you were lubricating
they were lubricating
Past Perfect
I had lubricated
you had lubricated
he/she/it had lubricated
we had lubricated
you had lubricated
they had lubricated
Future
I will lubricate
you will lubricate
he/she/it will lubricate
we will lubricate
you will lubricate
they will lubricate
Future Perfect
I will have lubricated
you will have lubricated
he/she/it will have lubricated
we will have lubricated
you will have lubricated
they will have lubricated
Future Continuous
I will be lubricating
you will be lubricating
he/she/it will be lubricating
we will be lubricating
you will be lubricating
they will be lubricating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lubricating
you have been lubricating
he/she/it has been lubricating
we have been lubricating
you have been lubricating
they have been lubricating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lubricating
you will have been lubricating
he/she/it will have been lubricating
we will have been lubricating
you will have been lubricating
they will have been lubricating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lubricating
you had been lubricating
he/she/it had been lubricating
we had been lubricating
you had been lubricating
they had been lubricating
Conditional
I would lubricate
you would lubricate
he/she/it would lubricate
we would lubricate
you would lubricate
they would lubricate
Past Conditional
I would have lubricated
you would have lubricated
he/she/it would have lubricated
we would have lubricated
you would have lubricated
they would have lubricated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.lubricate - have lubricating properties; "the liquid in this can lubricates well"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
2.lubricate - apply a lubricant to; "lubricate my car"
fill, fill up, make full - make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"
3.lubricate - make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant; "lubricate the key"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

lubricate

verb oil, grease, smear, smooth the way, oil the wheels, make smooth, make slippery Mineral oils are used to lubricate the machinery.
Translations
يُزَيِّت، يُشَحِّم
mazatnamazat
smøre
smyrja
tepimas
eļļot
lubrifia

lubricate

[ˈluːbrɪkeɪt] VTlubricar, engrasar

lubricate

[ˈluːbrɪkeɪt] vtlubrifier, graisser

lubricate

vt (lit, fig)schmieren, ölen; lubricated sheathKondom mmit Gleitsubstanz; well-lubricated (hum)bezecht; to lubricate the wheels of commerceden Handel reibungslos gestalten

lubricate

[ˈluːbrɪˌkeɪt] vtlubrificare
lubricating oil → lubrificante m

lubricate

(ˈluːbrikeit) verb
to oil (a machine etc) to make it move more easily and smoothly.
ˌlubriˈcation noun
ˈlubricant noun
something (oil etc) which lubricates.

lubricate

v. lubricar, untar, saturar una superficie con un líquido, especialmente aceite.

lubricate

vt lubricar
References in classic literature ?
But finally, thanks to the sun and much rubbing, I succeeded, though I had no oil to lubricate them.
Smartened up by the aid of a clean shirt and a wet hairbrush, with which instrument, on occasions of ceremony, he lubricates such thin locks as remain to him after his life of severe study, Mr.
SAN DIEGO--When it comes to reading Pap smears, it doesn't matter if you lubricate the speculum, Dr.