rub verb Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “rub” - Learner’s Dictionary

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 Arabic يُدَلِّك…
in Korean 비비다, 문지르다…
in Malaysian menggosok…
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 Vietnamese cọ, rụi…
in Spanish restregar, frotar…
in Portuguese esfregar…
in Thai นวด…
in German reiben…
in Catalan fregar…
in Japanese ~をこする, (布で)ふく…
in Indonesian menggosok…
in Chinese (Simplified) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
(Definition of rub verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

conker

the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More