- 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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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.New York City’s Best New Hotspots This Spring
Sara Sayed, Valeriya Safronova
April 2, 2014
It had a festive air last Sunday as residents flooded into the spotlessly clean park to soak up the first rays of spring.Is Kharkiv Ukraine’s Next Tipping Point?
March 13, 2014
First, soak in this description of Christmas Pie, a traditional British dish that makes a Turducken seem modest.How George Washington Celebrated Christmas
December 25, 2013
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
December 2, 2013
The rough edges of the lobster will help it soak up the other flavors.Three Quinoa Recipes for Your Weekend Parties
May 26, 2013
It's Bill that bled me, and bled me until I've had to soak a mortgage on the ranch.Way of the Lawless
Soak the beans overnight and then parboil them in soda water.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Such inelastic lessons, given time to soak in, were sobering.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
A smoked tongue should soak in cold water at least all night.
Then soak it in cold water for a quarter of an hour, or more.
- 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
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.