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pre·​soak (ˌ)prē-ˈsōk How to pronounce presoak (audio)
presoaked; presoaking; presoaks

transitive verb

: to soak beforehand


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pre·​soak ˈprē-ˌsōk How to pronounce presoak (audio)
: an instance of presoaking
: a preparation used in presoaking clothes

Examples of presoak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
For added effectiveness when dealing with tough stains, simply presoak with Orange House Laundry Detergent before washing normally. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 Natural enzymes help break down proteins, starches, and fats, so there's no need to presoak your dishes. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 Don’t poke the eggs with a pin, presoak them in vinegar, or even add salt to the water—although eggshells are porous, flavors won’t have time to penetrate an egg during a few minutes of cooking. Paul Kita, Men's Health, 15 Dec. 2022 If using wooden skewers, presoak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning. Lisa Lillien,, 2 July 2018 Ingredients: Oak chips 10 juniper berries, bruised Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Step 1: Prepare grill with an even layer of coals, and presoaked chips for smoking. For Kroger, The Courier-Journal, 18 Sep. 2017
Plus, its versatile formula can be used during both a regular wash cycle and a presoak cycle in warm or cold water. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 Go for a presoak. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 22 June 2021 High-end models may offer additional cycles, such as a heavy-duty cycle for work clothes, jeans, and towels, as well as presoak and prewash cycles for dealing with difficult stains. Rebecca Carhart, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2022 Make a solution by mixing an oxi-presoak with warm water according to package directions and apply it to the stain with a clean cloth. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 There’s a script right now that mentions a washing machine, presoak. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2022 Giving clothes a presoak before loading into the washing machine will give your chances of lifting those stains a super-charged boost. Southern Living, 16 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


1919, in the meaning defined above


1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of presoak was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Presoak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
pre·​soak (ˈ)prē-ˈsōk How to pronounce presoak (audio)
: to soak before washing


2 of 2 noun
pre·​soak ˈprē-ˈsōk How to pronounce presoak (audio)
: an instance of presoaking
: a product used for presoaking clothes

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