Etymology
Advertisement

lubricate (v.)

1620s, "make slippery or smooth" (especially by the application of an oil), from Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare "to make slippery or smooth," from lubricus "slippery; easily moved, sliding, gliding;" figuratively "uncertain, hazardous, dangerous; seductive," from suffixed form of PIE root *sleubh- "to slip, slide." Related: Lubricated; lubricating. Earlier verb was lubrify (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin lubrificare.

updated on February 02, 2018

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of lubricate from WordNet

lubricate (v.)
have lubricating properties;
the liquid in this can lubricates well
lubricate (v.)
apply a lubricant to;
lubricate my car
Synonyms: lube
lubricate (v.)
make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant;
lubricate the key
From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.