soak up

phrasal verb
soaked up; soaking up; soaks up

Definition of soak up

1 : to take in (liquid) : absorb The rag soaked up most of the water.
2 : to enjoy feeling or experiencing (something pleasant) in usually a slow or relaxed way We went to the beach and soaked up the sun/sunshine all afternoon. I sat at my table for an hour soaking up the atmosphere of the café. The performers stood on the stage, soaking up the applause.
3 : to learn and remember (something) quickly He eagerly soaked up every word she said. She has an ability to soak up new information very quickly.
4 : to use a large amount of (money, supplies, etc.) This project is soaking up resources that could be used elsewhere.

Learn More about soak up

Statistics for soak up

Cite this Entry

“Soak up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soak%20up. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

Comments on soak up

What made you want to look up soak up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!