\ 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

Other Words from soak


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The best way to soak: Once poked and soaked, a rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours and up to overnight is key to produce a cake with pronounced stripes of color and flavor. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Bentonite is composed of fine-grain particles with high absorbent properties that soak up any excess oil and sweat from your skin and help to tighten pores. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 There are fast-absorbing powders that will soak up oil and sweat, making your hair shine and eliminating a greasy look. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 Apr. 2022 Dip the bread slices, one at a time, into the egg mixture, allowing each side to soak up some of the mixture. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 With heavy rainfall and storms predicted to increase due to climate change, cities that are equipped with plenty of permeable surfaces such as parks, trees and lakes that soak up water like sponges, will be better able to mitigate floods. Chelsea Lee, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 Tuition has soared as colleges have raised prices to soak up more government subsidies. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Eriksen then walked alone to one corner of the ground to soak up plaudits from the Danish section of fans as his teammates also applauded. Mark Corder,, 26 Mar. 2022 If the bin starts to smell or gets too wet from drippy food, remove it immediately, Grossman said, and add fresh bedding to soak up the excess moisture. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Or a five-minute shower as opposed to a luxurious soak? Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Beauty influencer and brand founder Huda Kattan swears by this green clay bath soak as one of her absolute favorite products to use while decompressing. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2022 Making the most of the location, the property has terraced gardens where homeowners can entertain or find quiet areas to hide soak in nature's beauty. Charmaine Patterson,, 12 Apr. 2022 Come for a day soak, or spend the night and take advantage of its lengthy massage treatment menu, too. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 14 Apr. 2022 Rooms and suites are bedecked in furs and stone-colored furnishings, not to mention opulent tubs for a soak. Sunset Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Also perfect for all seasons is a soak in the healing thermal springs, including the spa at Nitrodi Nymph Park, which claims to be the oldest in the world. Maria Pasquale, CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 After touring or hiking the local sights and experiencing whatever five course surprises the chef has assembled, a perfect end for the day is a soak in the steaming geothermal pool back at the retreat. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Throw out that soak water and add clean water to be sure the coir is suitable for use. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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


\ ˈsōk How to pronounce soak (audio) \

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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