Meaning of GREASE in English


I. grease 1 /ɡriːs/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: craisse , graisse , from Latin crassus 'thick, fat' ]

1 . a fatty or oily substance that comes off meat when it is cooked, or off food made using butter or oil

2 . a thick oily substance that is put on the moving parts of a car, machine etc to make it run or move smoothly

3 . an oily substance that is produced by your skin

⇨ elbow grease at ↑ elbow 1 (3)

II. grease 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to put butter, grease etc on a pan etc to prevent food from sticking to it:

Grease the pan before you pour the batter in.

a greased baking tray

2 . grease sb’s palm to give someone money in a secret or dishonest way in order to persuade them to do something:

Joseph was able to grease a few palms, thus helping his brother to escape.

3 . like greased lightning informal extremely fast

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