I. noun Etymology: Middle English sope, from Old English sāpe; akin to Old High German seifa soap Date: before 12th century 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 2. soap opera II. transitive verb Date: 1585 1. to rub soap over or into 2. flatter

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