verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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
Examples from the Web for soak
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.
First, soak in this description of Christmas Pie, a traditional British dish that makes a Turducken seem modest.
We say goodbye to Romain and head to a sandwich shop nearby to soak up some of the alcohol.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France|Jeff Campagna|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The rough edges of the lobster will help it soak up the other flavors.
Soak them in salt and water a day, then in fair water three or four hours, changing the water several times.The American Housewife|Anonymous
Cottolene heats to a higher temperature than butter or lard, and cooks so quickly the fat has no chance to soak in.Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners|Elizabeth O. Hiller
I'll see if Bunny is coming after I put your clothes to soak.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store|Laura Lee Hope
Soak a package of gelatine in a cupful of cold water and dissolve by gentle heat.The Myrtle Reed Cook Book|Myrtle Reed
Every day we put twenty-five in soak for each man, which, with us, makes 150.
Word Origin for soak
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.