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

transitive verb

: to heat (something) beforehand
especially : to heat (an oven) to a designated temperature before using for cooking
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 Some bakers swear by the technique of starting to bake pound cake in an oven that has not been preheated. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 29 May 2024 Ingredients: 15 cicadas 1 egg 1 1/2 cup of flour 2 teaspoons salt Cold seltzer Oil for frying While your oil is preheating in a deep pan, use a bowl to combine the flour, salt and egg. Li Cohen, CBS News, 8 May 2024 Instructions Step 1 Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425°F. Tony Ferrari, Saveur, 15 May 2024 Bring to room temperature while preheating the oven to 350°F. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for preheat 

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preheat was in 1898

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“Preheat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


pre·​heat (ˈ)prē-ˈhēt How to pronounce preheat (audio)
: to heat beforehand
preheat the oven to 400 degrees

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