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soak

verb \ ˈsōk \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of soak

intransitive verb
1 : to lie immersed in liquid (such as water) : become saturated by or as if by immersion
2 a : 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
4 a : 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

soaker

noun

Examples of soak in a Sentence

  1. You should soak those dirty clothes before you wash them.

  2. The beans soaked in water overnight.

  3. He relaxed and soaked in the tub.

  4. After planting the seeds, soak the soil.

  5. She soaked the dog with the hose.

  6. His shirt was soaked with sweat.

  7. I was soaked by the rain.

  8. The oil soaked into the wood.

  9. Sweat soaked through his shirt.

  10. Rain soaked through her jacket.

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Origin and Etymology of soak

Middle English soken, from Old English socian; akin to Old English sūcan to suck

Synonym Discussion of 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

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soak

noun

Definition of soak

1 a : the act or process of soaking : the state of being soaked
b : the liquid in which something is soaked
2 : drunkard
3 slang : 2pawn 2

Examples of soak in a Sentence

  1. I had a long, hot soak in the tub.

  2. felt sorry for the town soak, who couldn't hold a job

Recent Examples of soak from the Web

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First Known Use of soak

15th century

soak Synonyms



SOAK Defined for English Language Learners

soak

verb

Definition of soak for English Language Learners

  • : 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


soak

noun

Definition of soak for English Language Learners

  • : an act of letting something stay in a liquid for a long time in order to soften or clean it

  • : a long bath


SOAK Defined for Kids

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soak

verb \ ˈsōk \

Definition of soak for Students

soaked; soaking
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.

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soak

noun

Definition of soak for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

soak

noun \ ˈsōk \

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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