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.

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