Meaning of “lubricate” in the English Dictionary

"lubricate" in English

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lubricateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈluː.brɪ.keɪt/ us /ˈluː.brə.keɪt/

to use a substance such as oil to make a machine operate more easily, or to prevent something sticking or rubbing:

A car engine needs to be well lubricated with oil.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌluː.brɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌluː.brəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ informal lube

(Definition of “lubricate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lubricateverb [ T ]

us /ˈlu·brɪˌkeɪt/ infml lube, /lub/

to put oil or an oily substance on or in something so that its parts move easily:

to lubricate gears/machinery
noun [ U ] us /ˌlu·brɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/ infml lube, /lub/

engine lubrication

(Definition of “lubricate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)