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rub

verb
 
 
/rʌb/ ( present participle rubbing, past tense and past participle rubbed)
PRESS YOUR HANDS [T] B2 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.Scratching and rubbing
rub sth into/on, etc B2 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.Scratching and rubbing
TOUCH [I, T] to touch and move against something, often causing pain or damage: My new boots are rubbing against my toes.Scratching and rubbing
→  See also rub shoulders with sb , rub sb up the wrong way , rub it in , rub off , rub sth out
Translations of “rub”
in Korean 비비다, 문지르다…
in Arabic يُدَلِّك…
in French frotter…
in Turkish ovmak, ovalamak, ovuşturmak…
in Italian strofinare, sfregare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
in Russian тереть, натирать, стирать (кожу)…
in Polish pocierać, trzeć, ocierać (o)…
in Spanish restregar, frotar…
in Portuguese esfregar…
in German reiben…
in Catalan fregar…
in Japanese ~をこする, (布で)ふく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
(Definition of rub verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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