\ 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

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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 Two days later, once the skin had healed over, the researchers made a tiny slit in the skin and slipped in a gelatin bead soaked in FGF and BMP. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 He was separately charged with arson that year after allegedly starting a fire in a cotton field by tying tampons soaked in lamp oil to the crop., "DALLAS — The man who fatally shot two people at a Texas church was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2012 and was repeatedly fed by the congregation before he grew angry because church officials refused to give him money, according to court records and the pastor.," 1 Jan. 2020 He was separately charged with arson that year after allegedly starting a fire in a cotton field by tying tampons soaked in lamp oil to the crop. Jake Bleiberg, Anchorage Daily News, "Texas church gunman was known to congregation as needy," 31 Dec. 2019 Wiping a washcloth soaked in vodka over formerly shiny spots will lift any soap scum or stains left by hard water. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "DeKor, NYC's Chicest New Home Store, Used to Be a Leaky Basement," 12 Dec. 2019 The new coach soaked in his new home, and his remarks about restoring FSU to its glory days triggered several ovations. Mike Bianchi,, "Fiery new FSU coach Mike Norvell pledges to restore Seminoles to championship level," 7 Dec. 2019 Ahh, to be a Japanese macaque soaking in your own private hot tub. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Dramatic penguins, a miracle kidney match and a very delicious cake," 6 Dec. 2019 Clad in white, Braxton relished the atmosphere, which found many audience members soaking in the nostalgia and belting her lyrics with gusto. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Toni Braxton Delivers Nostalgic Performance of 'Un-Break My Heart' at 2019 AMAs," 24 Nov. 2019 The result was more like shards of shaved ice that left people soaked in a matter of minutes. New York Times, "Tokyo Braces for the Hottest Olympics Ever," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An on-site spa offers everything from infrared saunas and hydrotherapy pools to massages and soaks in natural hot springs. Jennifer Fernandez, Town & Country, "The 10 Luxury Wellness Escapes You’ll Want to Book for 2020," 5 Nov. 2019 Product offerings include shea crème, bath soaks, essential oil roll-ons, face serum and others. William Thornton |, al, "What 2020 will mean for 1818 Farms," 2 Jan. 2020 The first was a soak in nearly freezing (40 degree) water, his cure for whatever ails you. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "‘Stretching Out’ leads to the weird, wonderful: 2019 Fitness Year in Review," 27 Dec. 2019 The bistro is run by the owners of the nearby Inn at Willow Grove, where cozy guest rooms and historical cottages come with private balconies, gas fireplaces, and tubs made for a long, relaxing soak. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "How to see the Virginia Piedmont? Just follow Thomas Jefferson," 29 Nov. 2019 Some are easy to reach by car, while others require a bit of a hike — but your reward is a long soak in toasty water surrounded by an incredible landscape. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites," 25 June 2019 Even simple services such as a tub soak or pedicure can cost $100 or more, and hidden service fees and strict cancellation policies can ruin your Zen. Laura Randall, Washington Post, "Instead of a high-priced, high-end L.A. spa, take the waters at low-key Glen Ivy," 11 Dec. 2019 Their retail product line will feature a CBD-rich lotion, relief sticks, a bath soak and smokable flowers. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet the two women who started one of Lake Country's first hemp farms," 4 Dec. 2019 Spike your bath with this soak, which is made with sea salt and gets its sinus-clearing (but pleasant) scent from an organic mustard and eucalyptus oil, which aims to help soothe aching muscles. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "Best 18 relaxation gifts and stress-relieving gifts of 2019," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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“Soak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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