Meaning of “rub” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /rʌb/ (present participle rubbing, past tense and past participle rubbed)

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.
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.
TOUCH [ I, T ]

to touch and move against something, often causing pain or damage:

My new boots are rubbing against my toes.

(Definition of “rub verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)