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English definition of “oil”


verb [T] (FUEL)   /ɔɪl/
to add oil to something so it works better : Oil the door hinges so they stop squeaking .
(Definition of oil verb (FUEL) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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