Origin of soak

before 1000; Middle English soken, Old English sōcian; akin to suck

SYNONYMS FOR soak

2, 4 seep.
7 See wet.
8 infuse, penetrate.

OTHER WORDS FROM soak

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British Dictionary definitions for soak up

soak
/ (səʊk) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of soak

soaker, nounsoaking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for soak

Old English sōcian to cook; see suck
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Idioms and Phrases with soak up

soak up

1

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.

2

Drink to excess, as in She can really soak up her beer.

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