1 rub /ˈrʌb/ verb
rubs; rubbed; rubbing
1 rub
rubs; rubbed; rubbing
Learner's definition of RUB
: to move something (such as your hand or an object) back and forth along the surface of (something) while pressing
[+ object]
[no object]
: to move (two things) back and forth against each other
[+ object]
often + together
[no object]
: to move back and forth many times against something in a way that causes pain or damage
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object] : to spread (something) over and into a surface by pressing firmly with your hands

rub along

[phrasal verb] British, informal
: to work, play, etc., together with little or no difficulty

rub down

[phrasal verb]
rub (someone or something) down or rub down (someone or something)
: to rub (a person or animal's body) with your hands in order to clean, dry, or massage it
see also rubdown

rub elbows with

(US) informal or rub shoulders with
: to meet and talk with (someone) in a friendly way

rub in

[phrasal verb]
rub (something) in or rub in (something) informal
: to keep reminding someone of (something that person would like to forget)

rub off

[phrasal verb]
: to come off of a surface and often stick to another surface when the surfaces touch each other
often used figuratively
rub (something) off or rub off (something) : to remove (something) from a surface by rubbing

rub out

[phrasal verb]
rub (something) out or rub out (something) chiefly British : to remove (something) by rubbing especially with an eraser
rub (someone) out or rub out (someone) US, informal : to murder (someone)

rub salt in/into someone's wounds

informal or rub salt in/into the wound
: to make a difficult situation even worse for someone

rub someone's nose in

: to repeatedly remind someone of (a mistake, failure, etc.)

rub (someone) the wrong way

(US) informal or British rub (someone) up the wrong way
: to cause (someone) to be angry or annoyed : irritate
2 rub /ˈrʌb/ noun
plural rubs
2 rub
plural rubs
Learner's definition of RUB
[count] : an act of rubbing a surface with your hands or an object usually singular
the rub formal : something that causes a difficulty or problem
[count] US : a combination of spices that is rubbed into the surface of meat before the meat is cooked