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English definition of “rub”

rub

verb [I/T]    /rʌb/ (-bb-)
to press or be pressed against something with a repeated circular, side to side, or up and down movement: [T] I rubbed the place where I bumped my head. [T] If you rub linseed oil into the wood, it will protect it.
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