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
Examples from the Web for soaking
On the northeasternmost point of the U.S., pancake-like ployes are a daily staple, whether covered in syrup or soaking up gravy.On the Canadian Border, It's Pancakes for Every Meal|Jane & Michael Stern|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Liquor made by soaking tiger bones in Chinese wine brings hefty prices on online exchanges.Why Do Chinese Oligarchs Secretly Love Illegal Tiger Meat?|Jake Adelstein|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I felt like a really nice car, or a soaking tub, or a fireplace, or something that would drive the price of an apartment way up.Why I Roofied Myself: A Model on Fashion and the Date-Rape Drug|Anonymous|January 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another cure is Kvass, a slightly alcoholic beverage made by soaking dried rye bread with sugar and yeast.
After soaking up the history at Nassau Hall, walk to Princeton University campus.
The results will be much better if the soaking is allowed to take a whole night.Candy-Making Revolutionized|Mary Elizabeth Hall
The skins are tanned by soaking the green hides in running water for one to four hours.Touring Afoot|Claude Powell Fordyce
Thus, by walking arm in arm and keeping close together, they escaped a soaking.The Pines of Lory|John Ames Mitchell
The sparrows, too, were abroad in force, soaking their dust-coloured feathers in the limpid pool and chirping with might and main.The King in Yellow|Robert W. Chambers
Pies should always be left so that a current of air will pass under them while cooling to keep the crust from soaking.The Laurel Health Cookery|Evora Bucknum Perkins
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.