grease Definition

  • 1a thick oily substance, especially one used as a lubricant.
  • 2to smear or lubricate with grease.
  • 3money, especially in the form of bribes.

Using grease: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "grease" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The mechanic greased the car's bearings.

  • Example

    I need to grease the pan before baking the cake.

  • Example

    The politician was accused of taking grease from lobbyists.

  • Example

    He greased the palm of the security guard to get in.

grease Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for grease

Antonyms for grease

Phrases with grease

  • a mechanic, especially one who works on cars


    My brother is a grease monkey and can fix anything with an engine.

  • to make something run more smoothly or easily, especially by providing money or other incentives


    We had to grease the wheels with a few extra dollars to get the project moving.

  • grease somebody's palm

    to bribe someone


    He greased the customs officer's palm to get his goods through without paying taxes.

Origins of grease

from Old French 'grece', meaning 'fat'


Summary: grease in Brief

The term 'grease' [ɡriːs] refers to a thick oily substance used as a lubricant, as well as the act of applying it. It also means money, especially in the form of bribes. Examples include 'The mechanic greased the car's bearings,' and 'He greased the palm of the security guard to get in.' Phrases like 'grease monkey' denote a mechanic, while 'grease the wheels' means to make something run more smoothly, often by providing incentives.

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