- rub [rub]vt.rubbed, rubbing [ME rubben, akin to Dan rubbe, EFris rubben < IE * reup-, to tear out < base * reu-, to dig, tear out > ROB, RIP1, RUG, RUBBLE, L rumpere, to break]1. to move one's hand, a cloth, etc. over (a surface or object) with pressure and friction, in a circular or back-and-forth motion2. to move (one's hand, a cloth, etc.) over, or spread or apply (polish, etc.) on or over, a surface or object in this way3. to move (a thing) against something else, or move (things) over each other with pressure and friction: often followed by together, etc.4. to apply pressure and friction to, for cleaning, polishing, smoothing, etc.5. to put into a specified condition by applying pressure and friction [to rub oneself dry]6. to make sore or chafed by rubbing7. to force, cause to go, etc. (in, into, etc.) by rubbing8. to remove by rubbing (out, off, away, etc.)vi.1. to move with pressure and friction (on, against, etc.) [the tire rubbing against the fender]2. to rub something; exert pressure and friction on something3. to admit of being rubbed or removed by rubbing: often with off, out, etc.4. to arouse anger or irritationn.1. the act or an instance of rubbing; specif., a massage2. an obstacle, hindrance, or difficulty3. a place or spot that has been rubbed until rough or sore4. something that irritates, annoys, offends, etc., as a jeer or rebuke——————rub along or rub on or rub throughChiefly Brit. to manage or keep going in spite of difficulties——————rub down1. to massage2. to smooth, polish, wear down, etc. by rubbing——————rub elbows withto associate or mingle with (famous or prominent people, etc.): also rub shoulders with——————rub it inSlang to keep on mentioning to someone his or her failure or mistake, often with some malice——————☆ rub off onto be left on (something or someone) as a mark, as by rubbing or, figuratively, by close contact——————rub out1. to erase or be erased by rubbing☆ 2. Slang to kill or murder——————rub the wrong wayto be annoying, irritating, etc. to
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.