\ 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 Senior night didn’t go as planned with a 30-7 DuKane Conference loss to Wheaton Warrenville South, but Urwiler still tried to soak it all in afterward. Paul Johnson,, "‘I love these guys’: Trey Urwiler spoils Wheaton Warrenville South’s shutout bid as Batavia suffers turnover-plagued loss on senior night," 10 Apr. 2021 Beachum was excited for all that this month brought, and trying to soak it in. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "Kelvin Beachum focuses on family, relationships in staying with Arizona Cardinals," 26 Mar. 2021 Head there for an active stay or just sit by the shoreline and soak it all in at this lake house for eight guests. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "10 U.S. Destinations That Are About to See a Spring/Summer Travel Boom, According to Airbnb," 24 Mar. 2021 The movie isn’t for everybody, just the ones who desperately wanted it in the first place and have the time to soak it in. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Zack Snyder’s Justice League Is the Ultimate Fan Service," 20 Mar. 2021 To loosen adhesive tabs, steam your nails in the shower and soak them in oil before lifting up the stickies. Baze Mpinja, WSJ, "How Press-On Nails Became a Glamour Go-To in the Covid Era," 4 Mar. 2021 In a cup, soak whole almonds in hot water for 10 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Looking beyond curry to kootu and korma," 5 Apr. 2021 Whether that means adding some new patio furniture to soak up the rays in or some soft lighting for the perfect outdoor movie night, The Home Depot has your back. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The Home Depot is having a massive sale on all things patio furniture and décor," 3 Apr. 2021 These off-the-cuff remarks can have serious consequences for children, who soak up information in their environments. Clarissa A. Thompson, The Conversation, "5 ways parents can help children with the ‘new’ math," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To assist with easing into an ultra-relaxing end-of-day soak, bath bombs may be just the ticket. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Stress Awareness Month 2021: The best deals on self-care products," 7 Apr. 2021 This ergonomic bathtub pillow is a must-have for a blissful soak. Southern Living, "This Bath Spa Pillow Is Exactly What You Need for a Relaxing Escape," 6 Apr. 2021 This huge bag of bath salts is a great gift for any mothers who need to take some time out for themselves and have a long soak in the tub. Lauren Corona,, "Mother’s Day 2021 gifts," 27 Mar. 2021 Excited to get back and see those guys and kind of soak in opening day on the other side. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Now wearing a Milwaukee uniform, Kolten Wong is looking forward to his return to St. Louis," 7 Apr. 2021 These compact devices offer a therapeutic foot soak experience with massage jets, heated water, vibration modes or massage nodes. Sian Babish,, "How to get rid of dead skin on feet," 21 Mar. 2021 Most natural dyes will give a solid color payoff after just 30 minutes, but lighter colors like orange may benefit from an overnight soak. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Natural Easter Egg Dyes With the Food in Your Kitchen," 17 Mar. 2021 In addition to softening feet, a foot soak can be a gentle way to loosen dead skin before mechanical exfoliation. Sian Babish,, "How to get rid of dead skin on feet," 21 Mar. 2021 Hatch claims this bath soak is dermatologist- and allergy-tested and free of dyes and parabens. NBC News, "International Women's Day 2021: 101 best women-owned brands," 9 Mar. 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


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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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