rub


rub
I UK [rʌb] / US verb
Word forms "rub":
present tense I/you/we/they rub he/she/it rubs present participle rubbing past tense rubbed past participle rubbed
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1) [intransitive/transitive] to press and move your hands or an object over a surface

The boy rubbed his eyes sleepily.

rub something off something:

Rub the skins of the peppers off when they have softened.

a) to move your hand backwards and forwards across a part of someone's body while pressing firmly, especially because that part of the body hurts

Scott gently rubbed her back until the pain went away.

b) to move something such as a cloth backwards and forwards across a surface to clean it, dry it, or make it smooth
rub something off something:

He rubbed the dirt off the number plate with his sleeve.


Collocations:
Adverbs frequently used with rub
▪  briskly, gently, hard, lightly, vigorously
2) [transitive] to press and move one object against another or against a surface
rub something against something:

The cat rubbed its cheek against my leg.

rub something together:

Rub your hands together, it will help you to stay warm.

a) to press and move against an object or a surface

The cow rubbed against the fence.

b) [intransitive] British to hurt or damage something by continuously pressing and moving against it

Cindy's new shoes were rubbing and giving her blisters.

3) [transitive] to spread a liquid or substance onto the surface of something
rub something on something:

She rubbed some tanning oil on his back.

rub something with something:

Rub the chicken with garlic before putting it in the oven.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [rʌb] / US noun
Word forms "rub":
singular rub plural rubs
1)
a) [countable] the action of rubbing part of the body

a rub on the back

a foot rub

b) the action of rubbing something with a cloth etc
2) the rub
literary a problem, or a difficult situation

English dictionary. 2014.

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