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

Synonyms for soap

Synonyms: Noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the first time, a soap and its spinoff are pitted against each other in the daytime drama series category. Beth Harris, ajc, 23 June 2022 For the first time, a soap and its spinoff are pitted against each other in the daytime drama series category. Beth Harris, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 My husband, not wanting to waste any pork, started experimenting with soap and the lard. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2022 An undetermined amount of chlorosulfonic acid — a powerful, potentially lethal chemical used to make soap and detergents, among other things — leaked from a tanker. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2022 When a mess happens, blot and spot-clean stains right away with a mix of mild dish soap and water to keep them from setting. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2022 King believes the restrictions will have a greater impact on the food industry than on cosmetics, although the production of soap and shampoos will be affected most. Fiona Embleton, Allure, 8 June 2022 When cleaning a seed or suet bird feeder, use either a solution of mild soap and water or a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2022 Residue will also probably build up on soap and softener dispensers, so clean those, too. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fill a large bucket or basin up with water, then use a cup to pour the water over your head once or twice to get wet and soap up, and another scoop or two to rinse off. Kaelyn Lynch, Outside Online, 25 Apr. 2021 Some chose to soap up the bottoms of their tube, while others extended their arms and legs in hopes of being aerodynamic. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 5 July 2021 The original idea had also been bolstered by Ochoa’s own pre-filmmaking experience as a journalist wondering what went on behind the frosted glass and soaped up windows of north London’s secretive-looking Greek and Turkish social clubs. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Apr. 2020 While not as effective as soap, hand sanitizer provides quick and easy cleaning should soap and water not be readily available. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 18 Mar. 2020 But all that soaping up, as well as dry air, can lead to ultra-dry skin. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2020 All very innocent — moving lawn furniture a block down the street, soaping windows, leaving stink bombs on porches (homemade, nonchemical, nonexplosive types) and moving outhouses. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2019 At Halloween, kids soaped her windows and littered her porch with corn (a prank popular among rural Midwestern youths). Tony Rehagen, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2019 When each shift of migrants had finished eating—a good meal of frijoles and some kind of stew, with salsa and hot fresh tortillas on the side—the volunteers soaped dishes in a plastic tub, while the next batch waited outside on the sidewalk. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, 5 July 2019 See More

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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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Last Updated

26 Jun 2022

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“Soap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soap. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for soap

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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