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Synonyms for rub
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hang-up, hitch, rub, snag(noun)

    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, wipe(verb)

    the act of rubbing or wiping

    "he gave the hood a quick rub"

    Synonyms:
    hang-up, hitch, snag, wipe

  3. rub(verb)

    move over something with pressure

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

    Synonyms:
    fray, itch, chafe, scratch, fret

  4. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    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, itch(verb)

    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

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. rub(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    abrade, scrape, chafe, grate

  2. rub(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    wipe, clean, scour

  3. rub(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    grate, chafe

  4. rub(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. rub(n)

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

  2. rub(v)

    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

How to pronounce rub?

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How to say rub in sign language?

  1. rub

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How to use rub in a sentence?

  1. Batman:

    The Joker Never rub another man's rhubarb.

  2. Mark Knudsen:

    Farmers are very independent, a lot of them don’t want to rub shoulders with suits and ties.

  3. John Rogers:

    I would say a gentle touch or kind of a stroke, a type of sensation that you might feel if you rub your finger across your skin.

  4. Christian Carrington:

    I don't buy these things to rub it in anyone's face.

  5. Richard Coles:

    Now here is the rub, a British-flagged vessel or an American-flagged, these are flag states that rigorously enforce their safety rules, whereas if Richard Coles have a small Caribbean island which doesn't have a large civil service and the means of enforcing the rules, obviously, the standards are not likely to be as good.


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