soak

verb
\ 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

soak

noun

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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Other Words from soak

Verb

soaker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for soak

Synonyms: Verb

drench, drown, impregnate, macerate, saturate, sodden, sop, souse, steep

Synonyms: Noun

alcoholic, alkie (or alky) [slang], boozehound, boozer, dipsomaniac, drinker, drunk, drunkard, inebriate, juicehead [slang], juicer [slang], lush, rummy, soaker, sot, souse, tippler, toper, tosspot

Antonyms: Verb

wring (out)

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Verb

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

Even though the wagon was a good two feet above the water, my pants became soaked during the outing. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To get to the 150-year-old Cana Island Lighthouse, you have to ride a wagon through Lake Michigan," 6 Sep. 2019 To investigate further, researchers from Austria and Germany isolated individual walnut shell cells by soaking them in a solution designed to remove lignin, the complex organic polymer that makes plant cell walls sturdy. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "Why walnuts are such tough nuts to crack," 3 Sep. 2019 Despite the unknowns about Hurricane Dorian, heavy rain is likely to fall across South Florida where the ground is already soaked from recent rains and king tides are making localized flooding even worse. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Concerned about flooding from Hurricane Dorian? Some cities are giving away sand bags," 30 Aug. 2019 One tip for those excited to take the stroll: Put your phone down and soak the views up. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Tennessee Writer Shares Her Experience Walking Across New Gatlinburg SkyBridge," 14 Aug. 2019 The building used to be a library, but it was converted when someone broke the fuel line at the old jail house, soaking the building in heating oil. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence," 18 July 2019 If using bamboo or wood skewers, soak them in warm water for at least 30 minutes before dressing and using them. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Shrimp is a natural for grilling," 17 July 2019 This crunch comes from the way Asian cooks have prepared jellyfish for centuries—by soaking it for a month in a salt solution, a process similar to the tanning of leather. David Adam, Smithsonian, "To Make Jellyfish More Appetizing, Add Light and Sound Effects to the Dining Experience," 12 July 2019 Though the carnage unfolds in due time and is explained as needed, Aster is more interested in soaking up character interplay through the comical bumbling of these ugly Americans abroad. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ari Aster’s Midsommar Is a Sun-Drenched Horror Triumph," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of these meetings were conducted in secret; many involved nature walks and cross-cultural soaks in the hot springs. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience," 19 Aug. 2019 Once fully punctured, pour cake soak over the cake and chill for 4 hours. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 In addition to art and furniture, Be Our Gast also sells specialty candles and wellness items like face masks and bath soaks. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Rocky River welcomes new upscale interior design shop Be Our Gast," 12 July 2019 And being in a situation where depth affords offensive linemen get a critical soak in the redshirt pool — often for as many as two years — is something Michigan hasn't seen since Lloyd Carr roamed the sidelines in the mid-to-late 2000s. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's offensive line depth looks like the old days," 13 Jan. 2019 All rooms feature furnished balconies and lots of privacy, but guests seeking even more solitude can opt for one of the villas with private plunge pools – because what’s better than stepping outside your suite and enjoying a refreshing soak? Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019 Enjoy a rejuvenating soak in its mineral-rich, turquoise waters. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 The road-weary will enjoy a soak and the stunning views of the Toiyabe Range at Big Smoky Valley’s Spencer Hot Springs before making the final push for Carson City. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 Another recipe calls for soaking the fruit, refrigerated, in a cider vinegar solution followed by a soak in sugar solution; then add the red dye and almond extract. Washington Post, "There are many types of sweet or tart cherries you can grow," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of soak

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soak

Verb

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

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soak

verb

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

soak

noun

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

soak

verb
\ 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.

soak

noun

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

soak

noun
\ 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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