oil

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oil is part of the Basic English 850.

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
oil

Plural
oils

  1. (countable & uncountable) Oil is a liquid that is burned to create heat or used in machines to make them run well.
    Gas and oil are essential to running a car.
  2. (countable & uncountable) Oil is a liquid made of fat that is used for cooking.
    Cook the potatoes in oil.
  3. (countable) An oil is a painting made of oil paint.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
oil

Third-person singular
oils

Past tense
oiled

Past participle
oiled

Present participle
oiling

  1. (transitive) If you oil something, you put clear oil on a machine to make it run well.
    She oiled the parts of the gun.

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