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rub

 
 
pronunciation:
ruhb
parts of speech:
verb, noun
phrases:
rub the wrong way
part of speech: verb
inflections: rubs, rubbing, rubbed
definition 1: to use pressure on with a back and forth motion.
He rubbed his sore arm.
synonyms:
knead, massage
similar words:
caress, stroke
definition 2: to spread against or onto another surface by means of pressure.
She's rubbing wax onto the floor.
similar words:
smear, smooth, spread, wipe
definition 3: to take away by using pressure (often followed by "off" or "out").
He rubbed the spot off his shirt with a wet cloth.
synonyms:
delete, erase, wipe
similar words:
cancel, eradicate
definition 4: to move or slide against something.
Her shoulder rubbed against me as we went out the door.
similar words:
graze, wear
phrase: rub the wrong way
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the process or an instance of rubbing.
Give my back a rub.
synonyms:
massage