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
Synonyms for soak
Antonyms for soak
Related Words for soakbathe, moisten, drink, immerse, marinate, steep, saturate, flood, soften, wash, drown, submerge, absorb, penetrate, dip, dunk, permeate, souse, impregnate, merge
Examples from the Web for soak
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of soak
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.
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.