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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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    scrub, bmw, massage, wipe

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. rub

    Synonyms:
    See Friction rub

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