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Synonyms for rub
rʌbrub

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hang-up, hitch, rub, snagnoun

    an unforeseen obstacle

    Synonyms:
    rent, split, enlistment, preventative, term of enlistment, duty tour, stay, preventive, tear, wipe, limp, hitch, tour, interference, stoppage, check, tour of duty, hinderance, incumbrance, hobble, snag, halt, encumbrance, hang-up, hindrance, rip, stop, arrest

  2. rub, wipeverb

    the act of rubbing or wiping

    "he gave the hood a quick rub"

    Synonyms:
    hang-up, hitch, snag, wipe

  3. rubverb

    move over something with pressure

    "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"

    Synonyms:
    fray, itch, chafe, scratch, fret

  4. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratchverb

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

    Synonyms:
    fuss, eat into, itch, excise, gag, choke, scratch up, nark, erode, fret, excoriate, bother, rile, scrub, gravel, strike, inscribe, rankle, get to, eat away, come up, scrape up, scrape, cancel, nettle, gall, call off, chafe, get at, engrave, scratch, irritate, annoy, frazzle, niggle, rag, expunge, vex, grate, fray, devil, grave

  5. rub, scratch, itchverb

    scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

    "Don't scratch your insect bites!"

    Synonyms:
    itch, call off, scrape up, expunge, spoil, fret, grave, strike, chafe, come up, scratch, cancel, inscribe, engrave, scrub, scrape, fray, excise, scratch up

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Editors Contribution

  1. massage

    rub in a manner to bring relief to muscles.

    the woman at the gym gives a wonderful massage.

    Submitted by JP03 on June 11, 2015  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rubverb

    Synonyms:
    abrade, scrape, chafe, grate

  2. rubverb

    Synonyms:
    wipe, clean, scour

  3. rubverb

    Synonyms:
    grate, chafe

  4. rubnoun

    Synonyms:
    obstacle, difficulty, embarrassment, perplexity, dilemma, nonplus, poser, quandary, puzzle, knotty point, nice point

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. rubnoun

    Synonyms:
    friction, hindrance, impediment, obstruction, pinch, difficulty, sarcasm, jeer, jibe, taunt, whetstone

  2. rubverb

    Synonyms:
    abrade, chafe, scrape, grate, fret, embrocate, massage, graze, scour, smooth, smear, fray, burnish, furbish, polish

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "rub":

    scrub, bmw, massage, wipe

Nicknames

  1. List of known nicknames for "Rub":

    Clark, Michael, Michael Clark

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. rub

    Synonyms:
    See Friction rub

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How to use rub in a sentence?

  1. Joe Sliwkowski:

    Basil has anti-inflammatory properties, so if my kids have bites I just take the leaf, crinkle it and rub it on the skin.

  2. Rosie Binge:

    I think religion is a big factor in Neil's life, when you grow up with someone so devout, it has to rub off on you.

  3. Peter Chin-Hong:

    I had to rub my eyes, i look at these trends pretty much every day, and SF used to be amongst the lowest, and now it's amongst the highest.

  4. Batman:

    The Joker Never rub another man's rhubarb.

  5. Leah Millheiser:

    To get that area [of the underwear] touching the anus all the way to the opening of urethra you’d have to pull it all the way around and really rub it around.


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