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Meaning of “rub” in the English Dictionary

"rub" in British English

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rubverb [I or T]

uk   us   /rʌb/ (-bb-)
B2 to ​press or be ​pressed against something with a ​circular or ​up-and-downrepeatedmovement: She ​yawned and rubbed her ​eyessleepily. He rubbed (at) the ​stain on his ​trousers and made it ​worse. We rubbed some ​polish into the ​surface of the ​wood. She ​gently rubbed the ​ointment in. First rub the ​bakingtray well withbutter. [+ obj + adj ] Alice rubbed the ​blackboard clean for the ​teacher. Your ​catkeeps on rubbing itself (up) against my ​leg. She was rubbing her ​hands (together) at the ​thought of ​winning. The ​branches rubbed against each other in the ​wind. The ​chairlegs have rubbed ​holes in the ​carpet. My new ​shoes are rubbing (against/on my ​toe) and now I've got ​blisters. These ​marks will never rub off (= be ​cleaned off). Alice rubbed the ​sums off (= ​cleaned them off) the ​blackboard for the ​teacher.

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rubnoun [C]

uk   us   /rʌb/
(Definition of rub from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rubverb [I/T]

 us   /rʌb/ (-bb-)
to ​press or be ​pressed against something with a ​repeatedcircular, ​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.

rubnoun [C]

 us   /rʌb/
The rub is something that ​preventssuccess: She got good ​reviews for her ​originalcooking, but the rub was that ​peoplewanted very ​traditionaldishes.
(Definition of rub from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “rub”
in Korean 비비다, 문지르다…
in Arabic يُدَلِّك…
in Malaysian menggosok…
in French frotter…
in Russian тереть, натирать, стирать (кожу)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
in Italian strofinare, sfregare…
in Turkish ovmak, ovalamak, ovuşturmak…
in Polish pocierać, trzeć, ocierać (o)…
in Spanish restregar, frotar…
in Vietnamese cọ, rụi…
in Portuguese esfregar…
in Thai นวด…
in German reiben…
in Catalan fregar…
in Japanese ~をこする, (布で)ふく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
in Indonesian menggosok…
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