oil

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oil is part of the Basic English 850.

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Noun[change]

Singular
oil

Plural
oils

  1. (uncountable) A black liquid burned to create heat.
    They found oil in their backyard.
  2. (uncountable) A clear liquid used for cooking and in machines to make them run well.
    Cook the potatoes in oil.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
oil

Third-person singular
oils

Past tense
oiled

Past participle
oiled

Present participle
oiling

  1. To put clear oil on a machine to make it run well.
    She oiled the parts of the gun.

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