\ 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

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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 Violence and trauma soak the story, but Smith never quite settles on making Nick either an active participant in the drama or a passive observer. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The ‘Great Gatsby’ copyright bonanza stumbles out of the gate with ‘Nick’," 4 Jan. 2021 Insects and reptiles rely on external heat sources, and in cold places, their dark exteriors help soak up sunlight. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, "Will climate change make animals darker—or lighter?," 30 Dec. 2020 Let the filter soak for about 10 minutes then scrub away with a dish brush. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: 4 ways to prep, clean and restock your kitchen for a new year of cooking," 26 Dec. 2020 Before walking off the court, Drummond took a moment to soak it in. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers win Andre Drummond’s Detroit return, 128-119, in double overtime," 26 Dec. 2020 Roots can’t soak up ice, so even if there’s frozen water in the soil, plants can’t use it. Beth Botts,, "Like dormant plants that emerge and rebuild in spring, we can wait out this cold, dark winter," 26 Dec. 2020 Allow the cream to soak in overnight, then wipe off the excess with a cotton cloth. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 Defensive end Boye Mafe remembered staying on the field an extra 30 minutes after the final whistle just to soak up the euphoria. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr. to experience border rivalry firsthand," 18 Dec. 2020 If in a decorative container, lift the potted plants out and water only the soil or place them in a saucer of tepid water and let the plants soak up water for a couple of hours. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garden Mastery: Let colorful plants be part of holiday decor bliss," 12 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pamper her with essential oils, a good facial and foot soak and time simply to relax. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "50 ways to celebrate a birthday during a pandemic," 25 Nov. 2020 From camp, hike the six-mile round-trip trail to 2,458-foot Gaviota Peak in the Santa Ynez Mountains, or ramble the half-mile from the main trailhead for a soak in Gaviota Hot Springs. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Camping Destinations That Are Better in Winter," 14 Nov. 2020 What can cause harm, however, is letting the pan soak in water. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Busting 3 big myths about cast iron skillets," 21 Nov. 2020 Use the same oil-soak procedure as described above, but only wait 10 minutes or so before trying to remove the sticker. Kevin Dupzyk And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Sticker Residue From Any Surface," 24 Nov. 2020 Goldwyn, who’s also a marinade skeptic, argues the only way get a liquid soak to reach deep into the flesh is in a salty brine. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Marinating will not tenderize meat; it’s a myth," 14 Nov. 2020 But avoid a long soak in a hot bath, as appealing as that may sound. Claire Gillespie,, "LeAnn Rimes Shares Photos Showing Her Psoriasis–Here's What to Know About This Chronic Skin Condition," 30 Oct. 2020 For adults, avantouinti, or ice swimming, is a more common activity, not-to-mention a fantastic immune booster, especially when a freezing dip in a lake or pool is preceded by a hot steam in a sauna, or a hot tub soak. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Americans Can Learn From Winter-Loving Cultures," 19 Oct. 2020 Each kit comes with a natural bath soak, body powder and body oil. Los Angeles Times, "The wellness gift guide for your stressed-out group chat," 30 Oct. 2020

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

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14 Jan 2021

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“Soak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce soak (audio)

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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