- to lie in and become saturated or permeated with water or some other liquid.
- to pass, as a liquid, through pores, holes, or the like: The rain soaked through the tear in the umbrella.
- to be thoroughly wet.
- to penetrate or become known to the mind or feelings (followed by in): The lesson didn't soak in.
- Informal. to drink immoderately, especially alcoholic beverages: They were soaking at the bar.
- to place or keep in liquid in order to saturate thoroughly; steep.
- to wet thoroughly; saturate or drench.
- to permeate thoroughly, as liquid or moisture does.
- Metallurgy. to heat (a piece) for reworking.
- Informal. to intoxicate (oneself) by drinking an excess of liquor.
- Slang. to beat hard; punish severely: I was soaked for that mistake.
- to extract or remove by or as by soaking (often followed by out): to soak a stain out of a napkin.
- Slang. to overcharge: He was soaked by the waiter.
- the act or state of soaking or the state of being soaked.
- the liquid in which anything is soaked.
- Slang. a heavy drinker.
- Australian. any small area of land, as near a spring or at the foot of a hill, that becomes swamplike or holds water after a period of heavy rain.
- soak up,
- to absorb or take in or up by absorption: Blotting paper soaks up ink.
- to absorb with one's mind or senses; take in: to soak up information.
- Slang.to drink to excess: He can really soak up the booze.
Origin of soak
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- to make, become, or be thoroughly wet or saturated, esp by immersion in a liquid
- (when intr, usually foll by in or into) (of a liquid) to penetrate or permeate
- (tr; usually foll by in or up) (of a permeable solid) to take in (a liquid) by absorptionthe earth soaks up rainwater
- (tr; foll by out or out of) to remove by immersion in a liquidshe soaked the stains out of the dress
- (tr) metallurgy to heat (a metal) prior to working
- informal to drink excessively or make or become drunk
- (tr) US and Canadian slang to overcharge
- (tr) British slang to put in pawn
- the act of immersing in a liquid or the period of immersion
- the liquid in which something may be soaked, esp a solution containing detergent
- another name for soakage (def. 3)
- British informal a heavy rainfall
- slang a person who drinks to excess
Word Origin and History for soak up
Old English socian (intransitive) "to soak, to lie in liquid," from Proto-Germanic *sukon (cf. West Flemish soken), possibly from PIE *sug-, from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)). Transitive sense "drench, permeate thoroughly" is from mid-14c.; that of "cause to lie in liquid" is from early 15c. Meaning "take up by absorption" is from 1550s. Slang meaning "to overcharge" first recorded 1895. Related: Soaked; soaking. As a noun, mid-15c., from the verb.
Idioms and Phrases with soak up
Absorb, take in, as in I lay there, soaking up the sun, or She often went to hear poets read their work, soaking up every word. This usage, alluding to absorbing a liquid, dates from the mid-1500s.
Drink to excess, as in She can really soak up her beer.