soap

noun
\ ˈsōp How to pronounce soap (audio) \

Definition of soap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 acids
b : a salt of a fatty acid and a metal

soap

verb
soaped; soaping; soaps

Definition of soap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to rub soap over or into
2 : flatter

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Synonyms for soap

Synonyms: Noun

cleaner, cleanser, detergent

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Examples of soap in a Sentence

Noun

Make sure you use soap and water to wash your hands. The store sells many different brands of liquid soaps. Her first acting job was on a soap.

Verb

I soap my hair first when I take a shower. He soaped and rinsed the car.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The only solace was the memory of Robert Montgomery rolling o the soap kicking his legs in the air! Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "New Letters by Princess Margaret Reveal Love for Her "Heavenly Nephew" Prince Charles," 13 Mar. 2019 The culprit in this equation is the dish soap, which can often be way too harsh to be using on our hands nonstop. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Dish Cleaning Hack You Didn't Know You Needed," 20 Feb. 2019 The white fish soap, a welcome gesture, is designed to hang on the bathtub—or on the tree. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 The temple’s periphery is plastered with posters depicting scenes from the soap. The Economist, "A historical soap reveals a lot about modern Thai politics," 31 May 2018 The natural soap was first marketed here in the ’60s by Emanuel Bronner, known as eccentric and consumed with saving planet Earth. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Finding creative solutions runs in Councilwoman Lorie Zapf's family," 11 May 2018 Grant Show, Elizabeth Gillies and Nicollette Sheridan also star in the season finale of the prime-time soap. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "Friday's TV highlights: 'Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly' on Showtime," 11 May 2018 Fresh linens piled in high cupboards and the smell of the yellow soap the girls used to scrub their faces left lasting impressions. Susan Goldman Rubin, Time, "Coco Chanel's Fascination With Fashion Started Early in Life," 13 Mar. 2018 Scrub all contaminated surfaces with a stiff brush to clean masonry walls and the soap or detergent. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "How to clean your home after Ohio River flood damage," 26 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bush soaped down her new stepchildren and outfitted them with her own kids’ clothes. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "Abraham Lincoln’s ‘angel mother’ and the second ‘mama’ who outlived him," 12 May 2018 Justin Jones was soaping his 309-pound body when his phone rang. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Chargers break down where they improved most in the NFL draft and why they didn't draft a quarterback," 29 Apr. 2018 Kids strung ropes across sidewalks to trip people in the dark, tied the doorknobs of opposing apartments together, mowed down shrubs, upset swill barrels, rattled or soaped windows, and, once, filled the streets of Catalina Island with boats. Lesley Bannatyne, Smithsonian, "When Halloween Was All Tricks and No Treats," 27 Oct. 2017 Wait for the drop while getting soaped up: This party involves fives hours of EDM music, thousands of gallons of foam, flashing lights, and roughly 7,000 people. Tarpley Hitt, Philly.com, "The world's largest foam party and three other things to do down the shore, June 30-July 2," 28 June 2017 In the 1950s and 1960s, Bradley Group Showers marketed its water-saving column showers with posters of topless schoolboys happily soaping down together. J.y. Chua, The Atlantic, "Bathing in Controversy," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of soap

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soap

Noun

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

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Dictionary Entries near soap

soak up

Soan

so-and-so

soap

soap apple

soapbark

soapberry

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Time Traveler for soap

The first known use of soap was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for soap

soap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of soap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance that is used for washing something

soap

verb

English Language Learners Definition of soap (Entry 2 of 2)

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

soap

noun
\ ˈsōp How to pronounce soap (audio) \

Kids Definition of soap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance that is used for washing

soap

verb
soaped; soaping

Kids Definition of soap (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rub a cleaning substance over or into something

soap

noun
\ ˈsōp How to pronounce soap (audio) \

Medical Definition of soap

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 : a salt of a fatty acid and a metal

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