lubricate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Possess lubricating properties

Commentary: Synax includes:NP1[instrument] LUBRICATE
NOTE: this sense does not include an animate, volitional agent, strictly an instrument or cause of lubrication and is intransitive.

Cetaphil feels good and lubricates well.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: Apply lubricant, make slippery

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[[agent]animate] LUBRICATE NP2[patient] (PP {with NP[instrument]}) NP1[instrument] LUBRICATE NP[patient]
NOTE: this is the transitive sense.

I lubricate my driveshaft with synthetic grease.
I lubricate my Rubik's Icon Cube with CRC Heavy Duty Silicon.
Which household item lubricates metal the best?
Fish oil can lubricate your joints.
$10b loan-oil deal lubricates trade.
The test gear was lubricated with an eco-oil.

VerbNet: butter-9.9
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: lubricate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3