\ 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
2 : drunkard

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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 Tear up the cabbage leaves and soak them in the water until the liquid turns purple., 9 July 2021 Instead, soak them in water per usual, Davis added. Megan Marples, CNN, 3 July 2021 Here’s how the system works: scrape your dishes into a garbage container, then soak them in a pre-rinse to soften tough food particles. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 6 June 2021 Instead of channeling floodwater through cement chutes, Lerner set aside undeveloped areas as parks and sports fields designed to soak it all up, both increasing access to green space and keeping residents out of harm’s way. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 29 May 2021 Friend and stylist Pam Quiñones was a constant source of encouragement and reminded the bride to enjoy the process and soak it all in. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 12 May 2021 And people within our family really just soak it in. Brianna Holt, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2021 If attendees need sustenance to soak up some of that booze, there will be food available for purchase from local food trucks. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021 Finally, on the airport’s top level is a display of Alaska Native art, where visitors can soak in beautiful creations unique to the 49th state before their northern adventure draws to a close (5000 W. International Airport Rd.). Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wasik lets the meat soak in the dressing for at least an hour in the fridge and then serves the steak and dressing over salad greens., 6 July 2021 The microcomputer and sensors inside the cooker can calibrate soak time and adjust the temperature as needed to ensure that the rice cooks evenly and stays warm without ever burning. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 21 June 2021 Wilhelmi recommends a good soak once a week, or maybe twice a week during the hottest part of summer. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2021 The Apothecanna product range includes a bath soak, bug spray, deodorant, salve and intimacy oil along with a body lotion, body spray and body oil in four targeted botanical blends: Extra Strength, Calming, Everyday and Circulating. Katie Shapiro, Forbes, 24 May 2021 For the one who’s all about relaxation: Bath products Never underestimate the power of a good soak to turn a bad day into a good one. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 Dogo Onsen’s nearby annex, opened in 2017, offers a replica of the Imperial bath, where even commoners can book a private soak. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, 19 Feb. 2021 The soak, still popular in French pastry, is a way to add more flavor to the cake, more moisture and better keepability too. New York Times, 2 June 2021 For a more luxurious soak, Breitenbush Hot Springs offers an overnight wellness retreat that includes organic, vegetarian meals. Shelby Vittek, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2021

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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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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


\ ˈsōk How to pronounce soak (audio) \

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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