soak

1 of 2

verb

soaked; soaking; soaks

intransitive verb

1
: to lie immersed in liquid (such as water) : become saturated by or as if by immersion
2
a
: to enter or pass through something by or as if by pores or interstices : permeate
b
: to penetrate or affect the mind or feelings
usually used with in or into
3
: to drink alcoholic beverages intemperately

transitive verb

1
: to permeate so as to wet, soften, or fill thoroughly
2
: to place in a surrounding element (such as liquid) to wet or permeate thoroughly
3
: to extract by or as if by steeping
soak the dirt out
4
a
: to draw or take in by or as if by suction or absorption
soaked up the sunshine
b
: to intoxicate (oneself) by drinking alcoholic beverages
5
: to cause to pay an exorbitant amount
soaker noun

soak

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: the act or process of soaking : the state of being soaked
b
: the liquid in which something is soaked
2
3
Choose the Right Synonym for soak

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid.

soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing.

soak the garment in soapy water

saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held.

a saturated sponge

drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured.

clothes drenched by a cloudburst

steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (such as a color) to the thing immersed.

steep the tea for five minutes

impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another.

a cake strongly impregnated with brandy

Examples of soak in a Sentence

Verb You should soak those dirty clothes before you wash them. The beans soaked in water overnight. He relaxed and soaked in the tub. After planting the seeds, soak the soil. She soaked the dog with the hose. His shirt was soaked with sweat. I was soaked by the rain. The oil soaked into the wood. Sweat soaked through his shirt. Rain soaked through her jacket. Noun I had a long, hot soak in the tub. felt sorry for the town soak, who couldn't hold a job See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Make certain to buy semi-pearled farro, which bakes fast without soaking. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Feb. 2024 Rounds of rain will finally come to an end in California by late Wednesday as the main storm driving the soaking weather pushes eastward, crossing into the Rockies. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Cyrus Mayer burst into the room, wearing a keffiyeh head scarf and a white shawl soaked with faux blood. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The primary suite is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world — complete with a sitting area, walk-in closet, and an expansive bathroom with a spa-like shower and soaking tub. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Resort Pass offers day use of the iconic Alila Ventana Big Sur, known for its onsen-style soaking baths. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 Another round of rain is likely to soak the Bay Area on Wednesday, even as tens of thousands of people remain without power from a weekend storm that pummeled Northern California with punishing winds and downpours. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 Some cooks soak whole country hams in cold water to leech out excess salt and restore a little moisture to meat turned leathery by smoking and aging. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 The city of San Diego could get 2 inches of precipitation, and the San Diego River is expected to reach flood stage around 6 p.m. Coronado, the San Diego community of Encanto, and National City have been identified as areas of concern, in addition to communities still soaked from Monday’s deluge. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2024
Noun
According to the brand, the three-in-one product functions as a body wash, bath soak, and base for shaving. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 Enjoy a soothing soak, go swimming, or try snorkeling and paddle board yoga. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2023 Just be sure to consistently sanitize your foot bath after using this soak. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 30 Jan. 2024 Between each loop, there is a 15-second pause with the key on, and after each pair, there is a soak of 0–30 minutes. Evan Williams, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 At the core of her debut cookbook is a chapter of mix-and-match modern layer cakes — the ultimate celebratory pastry project — with a recipe kaleidoscope of soaks, fillings and frostings. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 When to Go Throughout the year, Ouray's natural beauty attracts hikers to the trails for warm-weather activities and hot spring soaks, but the ski season doesn't start until late November. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 This potent magnesium bath soak is enriched with stress-relieving essential oils and apple cider vinegar and is designed to support serotonin levels and provide muscle and nerve relief. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 3 Oct. 2023 Yellowstone Hot Springs Photo: Getty Images Location: Gardiner, Montana Rent a chalet with mountain views in Gardiner, and recharge in the healing waters of a 104-degree hot water plunge, a 60-degree cold plunge, or a relaxing 102-degree soak. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English soken, from Old English socian; akin to Old English sūcan to suck

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of soak was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Soak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soak. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

soak

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to lie covered with a liquid
b
: to place in a liquid to wet or as if to wet thoroughly
2
a
: to enter or pass through something by or as if by pores : permeate
b
: to penetrate or affect the mind or feelings
3
: to draw out by or as if by steeping
soak the dirt out
4
: to draw in by or as if by suction or absorption
soaked up the sunshine
5
: to cause to pay too much
soaker noun

soak

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act or process of soaking : the state of being soaked
2

Medical Definition

soak

noun
: an often hot medicated solution with which a body part is soaked usually long or repeatedly especially to promote healing, relieve pain, or stimulate local circulation

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