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.
Word by Word Definitions
: to lie immersed in liquid (such as water) : become saturated by or as if by immersion
: to enter or pass through something by or as if by pores or interstices : permeate
: to drink alcoholic beverages intemperately
: in or into a higher position or level
: away from the center of the earth
: from beneath the ground or water to the surface
: risen above the horizon
: being out of bed
: used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of
: up into or in the
: in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of
: one in a high or advantageous position
: an upward slope
: a period or state of prosperity or success
: to rise from a lying or sitting position
: to move upward : ascend
: used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated
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