- 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 soaked
In its over 1,000-year history, the land has soaked in the blood of millions of people.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
December 25, 2014
The dead one's rifle lies purposelessly near the soaked one's feet.
The soaked one squats on the bridge, eyes furious and downcast.
My gloved fingertips, soaked with blood on his pulseless groin, started to vibrate.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
I was content to copy, and in copying I soaked up valuable lessons—about hard work, about art, and about my own limitations.There’s Nothing Wrong—and a Lot That’s Right—About Copying Other Artists
January 26, 2014
The book is soaked through and through with a strange beauty.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
When you are ready to boil it, pour off the water in which it has soaked.
Have ready a pint of rice that has been well picked, washed, and soaked.
Her Sunday-school class had never been so tiresome nor so soaked in hair-oil.The Incomplete Amorist
And it turned out that his fishing clothes had been soaked in oil and tree-wax.The Chinese Fairy Book
- 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 soaked
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.