\ ˈsōk How to pronounce soak (audio) \
soaked; soaking; soaks

Definition of soak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to lie immersed in liquid (such as water) : become saturated by or as if by immersion
2a : 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
4a : 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



Definition of soak (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of soaking : the state of being soaked
b : the liquid in which something is soaked
2 : drunkard

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soaker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for soak

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The aromatic flavors cardamom, saffron, cumin, cinnamon and other spices soak into the meat and basmati rice mixed in. Megan Marples, CNN, "Everyone needs these 2 Mediterranean dishes at Eid al-Fitr celebrations. We have recipes," 12 May 2021 Before grilling with wooden skewers, either soak in water for at least 10 minutes or cover the tips with foil. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grill Like a Pro This Summer," 6 May 2021 Every day, the chefs will soak and cook fresh corn in lime to nixtamalize it, then grind it into soft masa. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fresh masa is the star at Son's Addition team's new modern Mexican restaurant in S.F.," 4 May 2021 And soak their tired feet from all that time on the dance floor! Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Alex Drummond Shares the Sweet Reason She Picked "Cowgirls Don't Cry" for Wedding Dance with Her Dad, Ladd," 4 May 2021 During the day, soak up the sun by one of seven outdoor pools or hit the beach. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best All-inclusive Resorts in Mexico, According to," 3 May 2021 Flat or matte finishes, for instance, will soak up light and contribute to a cozy, intimate feel. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Choose the Best Black Paint Colors for Bold, Beautiful Walls," 21 Apr. 2021 Bitadze and Sabonis will likely soak up most of the center minutes going forward. Tony East, Forbes, "At The Worst Possible Moment, Indiana Pacers Center Myles Turner Will Miss Time With A Foot Injury," 21 Apr. 2021 For the cashew crema, soak whole raw cashews in water overnight. New York Times, "From Gerardo Gonzalez, A Chilled Hibiscus Soup," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sound baths have nothing to do with a relaxing soak in the tub, and yet more psychiatrists, therapists and other wellness experts are acknowledging the practice as ultra restorative and cleansing. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "How Sound Baths Can Gently Ease Stress and Anxiety, According to Experts," 6 May 2021 The traditional Kur therapies include a soak in a mineral bath, followed by a body scrub, wrap, or massage., "Three in-state getaways for Mother’s Day," 28 Apr. 2021 Nico draws me a bath, adding a milky rose soak and Epsom salts. Rachel Krause,, "Rachel Rabbit White Learned All Her Best Beauty Secrets As A Sex Worker," 23 Apr. 2021 One alternative for individuals with compromised skin is a cool soak. Akili King, Vogue, "Looking for the Best Facial Steamer? Here’s What the Skin-Care Pros Want You to Know," 5 Mar. 2021 To assist with easing into an ultra-relaxing end-of-day soak, bath bombs may be just the ticket. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Stress Awareness Month 2021: The best deals on self-care products," 7 Apr. 2021 This ergonomic bathtub pillow is a must-have for a blissful soak. Southern Living, "This Bath Spa Pillow Is Exactly What You Need for a Relaxing Escape," 6 Apr. 2021 This huge bag of bath salts is a great gift for any mothers who need to take some time out for themselves and have a long soak in the tub. Lauren Corona,, "Mother’s Day 2021 gifts," 27 Mar. 2021 Excited to get back and see those guys and kind of soak in opening day on the other side. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Now wearing a Milwaukee uniform, Kolten Wong is looking forward to his return to St. Louis," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of soak


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


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

History and Etymology for soak


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

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English Language Learners Definition of soak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (something) in a liquid for a period of time
: to take a long bath
: to make (someone or something) very wet with water or another liquid



English Language Learners Definition of soak (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of letting something stay in a liquid for a long time in order to soften or clean it
informal : a long bath


\ ˈsōk How to pronounce soak (audio) \
soaked; soaking

Kids Definition of soak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to lie covered with liquid He soaked in the tub.
2 : to place in a liquid to wet or as if to wet thoroughly Soak the beans in water.
3 : to make very wet The rain soaked us.
4 : to enter or pass through something by or as if by tiny holes : permeate The water soaked into the ground.
5 : to draw in by or as if by absorption The rag soaked up the spill. She soaked up the sunshine.



Kids Definition of soak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of letting something stay in a liquid for a long time to soften or clean it
2 : a long bath


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Medical Definition of soak

: 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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