soak up

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

soak play
  1. : to lie immersed in liquid (such as water) : become saturated by or as if by immersion

  2. : to enter or pass through something by or as if by pores or interstices : permeate

  3. : to penetrate or affect the mind or feelings

  1. : the act or process of soaking : the state of being soaked

  2. : the liquid in which something is soaked

  3. : drunkard

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. 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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