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soap

noun \ ˈsōp \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of soap

1 a : 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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of soap

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

soap Synonyms


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soap

verb

Definition of soap

soaped; soaping; soaps
1 : to rub soap over or into
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.

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First Known Use of soap

1585

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SOAP Defined for English Language Learners

soap

Definition of soap for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that is used for washing something


soap

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

noun \ ˈsōp \

Definition of soap for Students

: a substance that is used for washing

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soap

verb

Definition of soap for Students

soaped; soaping
: to rub a cleaning substance over or into something

Medical Dictionary

soap

noun \ ˈsōp \

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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