pre·​heat | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈhēt How to pronounce preheat (audio) \
preheated; preheating; preheats

Definition of preheat

transitive verb

: to heat (something) beforehand especially : to heat (an oven) to a designated temperature before using for cooking

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Other Words from preheat

preheater noun

Examples of preheat in a Sentence

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees before you put the roast in.
Recent Examples on the Web The group follows Mulcrone’s instructions to preheat the oven at 365 degrees and begin combining ingredients for the enchilada filling. Susan Degrane,, "Special Olympics Chicago athletes gather virtually for online cooking class: ‘It became a family thing’," 3 Oct. 2020 Classic Grilled Oysters Start by making your favorite sauce, then preheat the grill and start shucking. Washington Post, "As the oysters are done, use the tongs to remove the cooked oysters to a heatproof platter.," 29 Sep. 2020 Toward the end of the smoke, preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Always wanted to learn to smoke salmon? Start here.," 30 Sep. 2020 To keep the chicken warm while making the sauce, preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Washington Post, "Chicken Cutlets with Artichokes and Lemon-Thyme Sauce," 29 Sep. 2020 Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C). Marian Bull, WSJ, "The Best Ribs Are Michelada Ribs," 24 Sep. 2020 This oven is designed to preheat in 60 seconds its lower profile should allow for easier storage. NBC News, "Buying a smart oven? One cookbook author shares her tips," 12 Feb. 2020 When ready to roast the pork: Set a rack on the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "An elevated riff on traditional chile verde," 16 Sep. 2020 Immediately preheat the oven to 500 degrees; the long preheating time will bring the baking stone or baking sheet to the proper temperature. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Homemade bread: It’s the staff of life," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of preheat

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preheat was in 1898

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Preheat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preheat

: to heat (an oven) to a particular temperature before putting food to be cooked inside

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