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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Center a rack in the oven, and preheat it to 375°F. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Leg of Lamb with Spring Vegetables Recipe," 7 Apr. 2010 Note: To roast the bell peppers, position an oven rack 6 inches from the broiler element; preheat the broiler. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Vegetarian (or vegan) guests for Thanksgiving? Serve them this beauty," 13 Nov. 2018 Instead, preheat the grill to medium (about 350 degrees). Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill," 24 June 2018 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

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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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