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verb British English pronunciation: rub /rʌb/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrub
he/she/itrubs
present participlerubbing
past tenserubbed
past participlerubbed
  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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. 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.

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