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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:

    scrub, bmw, massage, wipe

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. 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.

  2. Read MoreShoaib:

    I think that only once they came in they realized Muslims live here and decided to rub it in our faces.

  3. Roland Barthes:

    Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.

  4. Joaquin Phoenix:

    I knew about that scene from the Bible, but I guess I had never really considered it, when I got there, I thought : I'm not going to rub dirt in her eyes. Who the f * ! # would do that ? It doesn't make any sense. That is a horrible introduction to seeing.

  5. Michelle Bennett:

    Not being able to be there and hold my mom's hand, rub her head, tell her the things I wanted to say her. It was such a helpless feeling, I can just remember the days leading up feeling so frustrated and helpless and not being able to talk to her because she was not conscious during that time.


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