pre·​heat | \(ˌ)prē-ˈhēt \
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.

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When ready to cook, preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove plastic, and place plank directly in oven. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "From avocados to kale: How one man forever changed the way we eat | The Sacramento Bee," 6 Mar. 2018 When ready to prepare everything, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You just might fall in love with creamy burrata cheese this summer," 17 June 2018 Load the wood tray with one small handful of wood chips and preheat the smoker to 225°F. 2. Fox News, "John McLemore's Independence Day cookout," 1 July 2018 One hour before baking pizza, place pizza stone in cold oven and then preheat to 500 degrees. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heirloom Tomato High-Heat Pizza," 4 Jan. 2018 While the dough rests, set a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Sarah Fritsche,, "Recipe: Foreign Cinema’s Fruit ‘Pop Tarts’," 17 June 2018 About a half-hour before dinner, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 Bake biscuits in preheated oven 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Jan Uebelherr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 for summer: Master these seasonal staples for those sunny days ahead," 15 May 2018 Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on high for 15 minutes. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018

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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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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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