\ 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 The approach is similar to the way many cooks soak rice before cooking to speed up the process. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Soak your pasta to speed cooking and reduce steam," 1 Aug. 2020 With Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump in the polls, some investors are concerned the age of corporate tax cuts and deregulation may soon end, replaced by a Democratic administration eager to soak the rich. Berber Jin,, "Rich Investors Will Be Fine If Biden Hikes Taxes, UBS Says," 31 July 2020 Tropical Storm Fay is expected to make landfall on Friday but started to soak the area since the early hours. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Tropical Storm Fay brings rain, flooding to mid-Atlantic and parts of New England," 11 July 2020 Be sure to have plenty of fresh French bread to soak up every last drop. cleveland, "Celebrate Bastille Day with this delicious mussels dish," 10 July 2020 To care for an air plant at home, soak it in water for one hour, once per week, and dry it on a towel for a few hours. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Whole grain benefits," 9 July 2020 Potters sculpt vessels with local clay and paint them with ground mineral paints; weavers soak skeins of yarn in dye made from cochineal bugs; and artists carve alebrijes by hand from copal wood and paint them with intricate designs. Lila Battis, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 5 Cities in Mexico," 8 July 2020 Drug companies will soak patients for the crime of wanting to stay alive. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Big Pharma’s Got a Brand New Coronavirus Grift," 30 June 2020 In the special, Amge and her family visit the U.S. from India to explore career opportunities and soak up American culture, from bowling to shopping to eating pizza. Robyn Merrett,, "Meet Jyoti! TLC Introduces World's Smallest Woman and American Horror Story Star in New Special," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since the pandemic started, Clarke’s also added a 30-to-60-minute-soak with Lysol Laundry Sanitiser to her process. Eliza Huber,, "Is It Safe To Thrift Shop Amid The Pandemic?," 31 July 2020 This cute, outdoorsy bandana is lined with absorbent and evaporative material that holds more water and creates a cooling effect that lasts up to four hours on a single soak. Maggie O'neill,, "7 Cooling Neck Wraps to Help You Regulate Your Body Temperature," 19 June 2020 Perfect for a long, luxurious soak after a stressful day. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "17 things to help with self-care and relaxation at home," 5 June 2020 Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda together, then let your silver jewelry soak in the mixture for two to three hours before rinsing and polishing. Laura Lambert, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Clean Silver Jewelry in a Matter of Minutes," 3 June 2020 After devising a way to make vegan soap that's ready for immediate use, as opposed to other natural soaps that are cured for days or weeks, the company added lip balms, body sprays and bath soaks to its product line. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana soap company gets chance to clean up on 'Shark Tank' season finale," 14 May 2020 Keep reading for some of our favorite products to help transform your home into a mini spa, from bath soaks and body scrubs to a diffuser that will make your space smell just like a Six Senses. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Beauty Products to Help You Create a Spa Day At Home," 1 May 2020 First, diced red onion soaks in lemon juice, which helps tone down the onion’s sharp bite. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Sweet Potatoes With Lemon-Herb Sauce," 20 Apr. 2020 To remove baked-on grease, simply give the parts a soak in warm, soapy water before using a soft sponge to wipe clean. Southern Living, "Cleaning Your Air Fryer Is Not a Dreadable Task," 16 May 2020

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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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The first known use of soak was before the 12th century

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“Soak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce soak (audio)

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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