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[ sohk ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to lie in and become saturated or permeated with water or some other liquid.
  2. to pass, as a liquid, through pores, holes, or the like:

    The rain soaked through the tear in the umbrella.

    Synonyms: seep

  3. to be thoroughly wet:

    Her shoes and socks were soaking and her feet were freezing.

  4. to penetrate or become known to the mind or feelings (followed by in ):

    The lesson didn't soak in.

    Synonyms: seep

  5. Informal. to drink immoderately, especially alcoholic beverages:

    They were soaking at the bar.

verb (used with object)

  1. to place or keep in liquid in order to saturate thoroughly; steep.
  2. to wet thoroughly; saturate or drench.

    Antonyms: dry

  3. to permeate thoroughly, as liquid or moisture does.

    Synonyms: penetrate, infuse

  4. Metallurgy. to heat (a piece) for reworking.
  5. Informal. to intoxicate (oneself ) by drinking an excess of liquor.
  6. Slang. to beat hard; punish severely:

    I was soaked for that mistake.

  7. to extract or remove by or as by soaking (often followed by out ):

    to soak a stain out of a napkin.

  8. Slang. to overcharge:

    He was soaked by the waiter.


  1. the act or state of soaking or the state of being soaked.
  2. the liquid in which anything is soaked.
  3. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a habitual drinker of alcohol who is frequently intoxicated; a heavy drinker.
  4. 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.

verb phrase

    1. to absorb or take in or up by absorption:

      Blotting paper soaks up ink.

    2. to absorb with one's mind or senses; take in:

      to soak up information.

    3. Slang. to drink to excess:

      He can really soak up the booze.


/ səʊk /


  1. to make, become, or be thoroughly wet or saturated, esp by immersion in a liquid
  2. whenintr, usually foll by in or into (of a liquid) to penetrate or permeate
  3. tr; usually foll by in or up (of a permeable solid) to take in (a liquid) by absorption

    the earth soaks up rainwater

  4. tr; foll by out or out of to remove by immersion in a liquid

    she soaked the stains out of the dress

  5. tr metallurgy to heat (a metal) prior to working
  6. informal.
    to drink excessively or make or become drunk
  7. slang.
    tr to overcharge
  8. slang.
    tr to put in pawn
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. the act of immersing in a liquid or the period of immersion
  2. the liquid in which something may be soaked, esp a solution containing detergent
  3. another name for soakage
  4. informal.
    a heavy rainfall
  5. slang.
    a person who drinks to excess
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • ˈsoaker, noun
  • ˈsoaking, nounadjective
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Other Words From

  • soak·er noun
  • soak·ing·ly adverb
  • o·ver·soak verb
  • re·soak verb
  • un·soaked adjective
  • well-soaked adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of soak1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English soken, Old English sōcian; akin to suck
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Word History and Origins

Origin of soak1

Old English sōcian to cook; see suck
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Synonym Study

See wet.
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Example Sentences

Slide your spoonful of cereal on over to your milk for a quick bath or a longer soak, and control your crunch.

This tray can hold anything and everything you might need for a relaxing soak.

These are made for a hot tub, but if your bath is big enough they can really liven up a soak, holding whatever beverage you might want to sip while finishing up that new book about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

From Ozy

While previous approaches relied on long soaks in the solution to ensure enough CNTs got deposited, the researchers instead carried out a series of 10-second soaks interspersed with drying.

They repeated these cycles of soak-and-release at least 10 times.

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Soak the cranberries in ¾ cup cranberry juice for 15 minutes.

They would soak bags of macaroni to make dough, roll it out and create dumplings, which they sold with a side of lo mein.

Spring is starting to arrive, and we plan to soak up as much sun as our vitamin-D-deficient bodies can handle.

It had a festive air last Sunday as residents flooded into the spotlessly clean park to soak up the first rays of spring.

While drinking that eat two bananas and let the peels soak in a glass of water.

After this process the rolls are placed in a jar full of clear water and left to soak for three days.

When the segments are quite dry, prepare a jar with clear soft water, and put them in this to soak over night.

The buri leaves remain in the water and soak thus for three days and three nights.

A 5-per-cent solution can be purchased for a few cents at any drug store and will soak a great number of wicks.

Soak some clean blotting paper in the hyposulphite-of-soda solution and allow it to dry.