\ 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 Next, soak the dried cranberries in boiling water for five minutes, drain, and pat dry. Lauren Joskowitz, USA TODAY, "Roasted cauliflower salad with cranberries & pistachios: Get the recipe," 19 Nov. 2019 During a search of the couple's home, detectives found wet carpet soaked with bleach and blood covering large areas of the carpet and an underlying pad, according to a police press release. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Missing woman's husband arrested after carpet found soaked with blood, bleach," 15 Nov. 2019 For about 12 hours, Foxboro has been soaked with rain. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns Halftime Scribbles: Nick Chubb fumbling, but they avoid total disaster," 27 Oct. 2019 However, with the pair keen to sell their shares in the club and further investment required for the stadium rebuild, the three-year plan will likely soak up most of the money from the deal with Macquarie., "Crystal Palace Receive Huge Sum From Aaron Wan-Bissaka Transfer After Deal With Australian Bank," 24 Oct. 2019 So, a tree with a 4-inch-diameter trunk will soak up a gallon of water every day. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh Longer," 21 Oct. 2019 Tropical Storm Nestor was soaking parts of Florida with heavy rain on Saturday morning as its center neared the coast. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Nestor update: Nestor nearing Florida coast with 50 mph winds," 19 Oct. 2019 According to the brand, the natural ingredient is soaked in barrels of botanical oil for six months in order to distill all of the good-for-you vitamins and minerals into a concentrated, potent formula for maximum results. Christie Calucchia,, "This Is the Anti-Aging Body Oil Lea Michele Uses to Hydrate and Firm Her Skin," 26 Sep. 2019 Peel the kidneys first, then soak them for a couple hours in vinegar. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Take home all of your moose, even the innards," 23 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Warren has propelled herself to the top tier of the Democratic presidential field with a soak-the-rich fight against corporate greed and Washington corruption, electrifying progressives with ambitious policy proposals., "Medicare for All," 4 Nov. 2019 Michelle Pfeiffer stars in the upcoming Maleficient: Mistress of Evil, which hits theaters Oct. 18 For Michelle Pfeiffer, a relaxing soak in the bath in her hotel room unexpectedly turned into a painful injury. Joelle Goldstein,, "Michelle Pfeiffer Reveals She Broke Her Arm While Getting Out of Her Hotel Bathtub," 30 Sep. 2019 Opt for the Callaway Signature Massage, which uses aromatherapy oils inspired by the gardens, or a Garden Indulgence Wellness Soak, which includes a botanical body polish and stress-relieving bath soak. Julia Sayers |, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Callaway Gardens," 29 July 2019 Before an evening soak, pop up to the chic rooftop pool and bar for a cocktail. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Must-Visit Spas & Salons in Los Angeles," 6 Sep. 2019 For the cake soak: Whisk all together and refrigerate until ready to use. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 Then machine-wash whites with chlorine bleach or pre-soak colored fabrics for 30 minutes in liquid non-chlorine bleach. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 But the payoff is a relaxing soak in a unique setting. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Big Sur," 6 Sep. 2019 And even as its central character Dud Dudley, a surfer played by Wyatt Russell, wrestles with various existential challenges, the show delivers more of a soak-in-it mood through its everyday dramas and modest secrets. Scott Huver, CNN, "'Lodge 49's' Wyatt Russell follows his own low-key journey, on screen and off," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

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“Soak.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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