lubricate lubricate  /ˈlub rɪ ˌkeɪt/


  1. (v) have lubricating properties
  2. (v) apply a lubricant to
  3. (v) make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant

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  1. And these social and civic connections actually lubricate society, helping connected Americans improve their health and happiness and find meaningful work.
  2. If he wins, Lien is expected to lubricate commerce by expanding direct transportation links between China and Taiwan.
  3. It is literally powerful too: Treasury is about to release the financial equivalent of a high-pressure water hose to lubricate the stagnant banking system.



  1. "We want to make sure we get the grease where it's supposed to go and that's on the race rings to help lubricate the SARJ," Stefanyshyn-Piper said. "When you go out there to do this work, even though it's not a fine, delicate task, it is a...
    on Nov 18, 2008 By: Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper Source: Spaceflight Now

  2. "The world needs this thing which will lubricate global trade, that is trade finance," Mr. Fung said.
    on Apr 21, 2010 By: Victor Fung Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. Bell argues that while the great empires of the east used water to establish a consistent food supply, the northern countries used it "to lubricate the growth of capital. In the east, water control meant simple social structures of a ruling elite...
    on Jan 22, 2010 By: Alexander Graham Bell Source: Irish Times

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