English definition of “rub”
/rʌb/ verb (present participle rubbing, past tense and past participle rubbed)
PRESS YOUR HANDS [T] › to press your hand or a cloth on a surface and move it backwards and forwards: She rubbed her hands together to warm them. He rubbed himself dry with a towel. Rub the stain with a damp cloth.
rub sth into/on, etc › to move a substance backwards and forwards over a surface so that it covers it and goes into it: I rubbed some suntan oil on her back. Rub the butter into the flour.
TOUCH [I, T] › to touch and move against something, often causing pain or damage: My new boots are rubbing against my toes. → See also rub shoulders with sb → See also rub sb up the wrong way