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.
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Derived forms of soaksoaker, nounsoaking, noun, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with soak up
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.
Drink to excess, as in She can really soak up her beer.