\ 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 And after a long hiatus, travelers are more than ready to return to the Eternal City and soak up its ancient landmarks, chic Vespas, glorious plates of pasta, and creamy gelato. Devorah Lev-tov, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 For more upscale, relaxing romps, Reunion Resort’s a place to sip champagne on balconies facing palm trees, soak in elegant tubs, then snuggle in heavenly beds. Robin Soslow, Chron, 8 Sep. 2021 The problem with the deal, Canham said, is that the land was already preserved by a local foundation and being managed in a way that would soak up carbon. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 These austere conditions yield more flavorful wine, as the hardy vines vigorously soak up minerals and channel all their energy into fruit production. Joseph Hernandez, Bon Appétit, 7 Sep. 2021 To soak up some Tennessee’s scenery into evening hours, go to William’s Island, where campsites are free with advanced reservations. Fox News, 4 Sep. 2021 As Clevelanders look to soak up their last bit of summer this weekend, here’s what’s open and closed on Labor Day. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 And various other programs have been created to soak up more rainfall: incentives to cover roofs and traffic medians with grass, rain gardens and other more permeable surfaces to slow down and absorb rainwater. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 In Central Florida, everyone wants to relax and soak up the sun. Kathleen Christiansen,, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bathing cultures from around the world have given us insights into the benefits of a restorative soak, from soothing muscle aches to providing mental clarity. Michella Oré, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2021 After a soak in cool water, the ears can be roasted over a gas or charcoal grill, turning often until the husks are beautifully charred, about 30 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 Bathrooms are luxurious and up to date, with deep baths for a soak. Michele Robson, Forbes, 26 June 2021 Try a quick yoga session, mindful breathing or a soak in an aromatherapy bath (look for bath salts or oils with lavender, which studies show promotes relaxation). Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, 25 June 2021 At the Blue Lagoon, a group of Vanderbilt University graduates was celebrating with a soak before road tripping around the Ring Road that circles most of the island. Terry Ward, CNN, 17 June 2021 Head outside of Yellowstone to Ennis, Mont., for a soak in the Norris Hot Springs, among many other hot springs resorts in the area. Ali Wunderman, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Pay the fee and enjoy a soak under the stars after driving around on the playa — no speed limit. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 The People's Big Mood bath soak is perfect for tired new mamas looking to take the edge off after a long day. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 27 Apr. 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
: 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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