\ 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 Rice would be great for soaking up the flavorful liquid, too. Washington Post, "Put the kettle on: Tea is the star of these 10 food and drink recipes," 11 Jan. 2020 Brining, which calls for soaking the bird in a salt water and herb bath before cooking it, does two things. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Ways to Brine a Turkey," 10 Jan. 2020 Brown’s absence will likely mean Marcus Smart, just back from an eight-game absence with an eye infection, returns to the starting lineup, with Romeo Langford soaking up his backup minutes., "The Celtics have been beset by a series of nagging injuries and ailments the past few months. Brown’s absence will likely mean," 1 Jan. 2020 This Company Will Pay You to Visit Christmas Markets Around Europe A European tour company will soon be selecting a candidate for the special task of soaking up the holiday spirit this season at various Christmas markets across Europe. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Trending in Travel: London's Uber Troubles, Go-Kart Love, $398 Flights To Greece, And More!," 3 Dec. 2019 This helps prevent liquid from soaking into the wood and keeps the utensil in good condition, bringing out those unique wood grain patterns. Cassie Armstrong,, "Gift the cook in your family with unique, handcrafted olive wood kitchenware," 21 Nov. 2019 This gives you those craggy edges and nooks and crannies, better for soaking and crisping. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Small kitchen, big Thanksgiving," 18 Nov. 2019 In 2011 the hotel debuted the indulgent Sense spa and sleek new rooms with soaking tubs. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "A local’s guide to Vancouver," 22 Oct. 2019 They were used for soaking animal hides in the manufacture of leather for commercial purposes. Fox News, "Hundreds of archaeological sites, dating from Stone Age to 19th century, unearthed in Northern Ireland," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lap cheong comes in a variety of forms, from fresh and juicy to dried and shriveled (the furthest on the latter end of the spectrum may require a quick soak to bring out its flavor before cooking), but all are extra-fatty and supremely tasty. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Crispy Black Rice and Sweet Chinese Sausage Team Up for the Thanksgiving Side of Our Dreams," 16 Nov. 2019 These run the gamut from the shamelessly romantic (take an amorous soak in Harptree Court's copper tub) to the shamelessly indulgent (Chewton Glen's tree-manse, in Hampshire, runs more than $1,000 a night). Deborah Dunn, Town & Country, "The Best of Glamping," 8 Oct. 2015 An on-site spa offers everything from infrared saunas and hydrotherapy pools to massages and soaks in natural hot springs. Jennifer Fernandez, Town & Country, "The 10 Luxury Wellness Escapes You’ll Want to Book for 2020," 5 Nov. 2019 Product offerings include shea crème, bath soaks, essential oil roll-ons, face serum and others. William Thornton |, al, "What 2020 will mean for 1818 Farms," 2 Jan. 2020 The first was a soak in nearly freezing (40 degree) water, his cure for whatever ails you. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "‘Stretching Out’ leads to the weird, wonderful: 2019 Fitness Year in Review," 27 Dec. 2019 The bistro is run by the owners of the nearby Inn at Willow Grove, where cozy guest rooms and historical cottages come with private balconies, gas fireplaces, and tubs made for a long, relaxing soak. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "How to see the Virginia Piedmont? Just follow Thomas Jefferson," 29 Nov. 2019 Some are easy to reach by car, while others require a bit of a hike — but your reward is a long soak in toasty water surrounded by an incredible landscape. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites," 25 June 2019 Even simple services such as a tub soak or pedicure can cost $100 or more, and hidden service fees and strict cancellation policies can ruin your Zen. Laura Randall, Washington Post, "Instead of a high-priced, high-end L.A. spa, take the waters at low-key Glen Ivy," 11 Dec. 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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“Soak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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