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soap

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noun \ˈsōp\

Definition of soap

  1. 1a :  a cleansing and emulsifying agent made usually by action of alkali on fat or fatty acids and consisting essentially of sodium or potassium salts of such acidsb :  a salt of a fatty acid and a metal

  2. 2 :  soap opera

Examples of soap in a sentence

  1. Make sure you use soap and water to wash your hands.

  2. The store sells many different brands of liquid soaps.

  3. Her first acting job was on a soap.

Origin and Etymology of soap

Middle English sope, from Old English sāpe; akin to Old High German seifa soap


First Known Use: before 12th century


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soap

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Definition of soap

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rub soap over or into

  3. 2 :  flatter

Examples of soap in a sentence

  1. I soap my hair first when I take a shower.

  2. He soaped and rinsed the car.

1585

First Known Use of soap

1585



SOAP Defined for English Language Learners

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soap

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noun \ˈsōp\

Definition of soap for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that is used for washing something


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soap

verb

Definition of soap for English Language Learners

  • : to rub soap over or into (someone or something)


SOAP Defined for Kids

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soap

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noun \ˈsōp\

Definition of soap for Students

  1. :  a substance that is used for washing


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soap

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verb

Definition of soap for Students

soaped

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soaping

  1. :  to rub a cleaning substance over or into something


Medical Dictionary

soap

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noun \ˈsōp\

Medical Definition of soap

  1. 1:  a cleansing and emulsifying agent made usually by action of alkali on fat or fatty acids and consisting essentially of sodium or potassium salts of such acids

  2. 2:  a salt of a fatty acid and a metal



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