\ 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

Other Words from soak


soaker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for soak

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for soak


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For best results, soak the tubers in water for a couple of hours before planting. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 If the eggs are found, they can be scraped off into a bucket of soapy water and left to soak for a couple of days before being discarded, according to Stultz. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Sep. 2022 In interviews, Clark would recount a daily regimen of waking each morning at 3:00 a.m. to soak in the tub for three hours, typing to-do lists for the day ahead. Sam Kestenbaum, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2022 Like Wierema, Hamill said people should let the hose or sprinkler soak the tree for a few hours. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 Eaters are only allowed to soak the bread for a maximum of five seconds. Skyler Caruso,, 1 July 2022 Leave the pumpkin there to soak for up to 24 hours. Madison Alcedo, Woman's Day, 7 June 2022 But many policy experts argue the plans soak taxpayers for billions of dollars in overpayments every year. Fortune, 6 June 2022 To make the filling, place the gelatin sheets in a bowl of cold water and set aside to soak for 5 minutes to soften. Elijah Rawls, Men's Health, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Shoemaker hoped a soak in the bathtub would ease her symptoms. al, 1 Sep. 2022 After soaking in history, enjoy a soak in the property’s thermal pools and participate in a long tradition of relaxing in an onsen. Forbes Travel Guide, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 Giving the tuna a good long soak will loosen most, but not all the spines. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2022 Give them a good soak after repotting, then water every other day or whenever the soil seems dry. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2022 Nothing is more important or more relaxing in my self-care routine than a nice long soak at the end of a long day. The Editors, Town & Country, 19 Aug. 2022 After a day on the slopes, take a soak at the on-mountain Nordic Spa. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 26 Nov. 2020 The shake and quick-soak method outlined here is a safer approach. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 6 Nov. 2020 Comfort any mom-to-be with this gift set that includes belly butter, magnesium lotion, anti-nausea tea, and a bath soak. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'soak.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About soak

Time Traveler for soak

Time Traveler

The first known use of soak was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near soak




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for soak

Last Updated

23 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Soak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for soak


\ 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

More from Merriam-Webster on soak

Nglish: Translation of soak for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of soak for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!