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English noun: rub

1. rub (cognition) an unforeseen obstacle

Synonymshang-up, hitch, snag

Broader (hypernym)obstacle, obstruction

2. rub (act) the act of rubbing or wiping

SamplesHe gave the hood a quick rub.


Broader (hypernym)contact, physical contact

Narrower (hyponym)scuff

English verb: rub

1. rub (contact) move over something with pressure

SamplesRub my hands.
Rub oil into her skin.

ExamplesThey rub sugar over the cake, They rub the cake with sugar

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, guide, pass, run

Narrower (hyponym)abrade, blur, brush, gauge, grate, grate, pass over, pumice, puree, rosin, scour, scour, scrape, scrub, smear, smudge, smutch, sponge down, sponge off, strain, wipe, worry


2. rub (contact) cause friction

SamplesMy sweater scratches.

Synonymschafe, fray, fret, scratch

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

3. rub (perception) scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

SamplesDon't scratch your insect bites!.

Synonymsitch, scratch

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)irritate

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