\ 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 Trees soak up flood waters, slowing them down and limiting soil erosion. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: San Antonio aims to plant 20,000 trees to fight climate change — do your part," 10 Oct. 2020 Gently scrape away the layers and soak again if needed. Alexis Bennett, SELF, "How to Remove Gel Nail Polish Without Destroying Your Nails," 7 Oct. 2020 One hope might be that the antigen test can soak up some of the less vital demand for tests so that PCR tests can be targeted at people who did have a high-risk exposure or who have presented with symptoms. The Atlantic, "Listen: How Bad Will Winter Get?," 25 Sep. 2020 New forests growing throughout that area could soak up one-quarter of the world’s fossil fuel emissions over the next 30 years, Cook-Patton and colleagues report today in Nature. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Plant trees or let forests regrow? New studies probe two ways to fight climate change," 23 Sep. 2020 In Lake Charles, Louisiana, where thousands of people remain without power more than three weeks after Hurricane Laura slammed into the coast, there are concerns that Beta could super-soak the region once again. Arkansas Online, "Tropical Storm Beta meandering toward Texas, Louisiana," 20 Sep. 2020 Once the sponge is removed, soak it in one part bleach to nine parts water to obtain the creamy white appearance. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Growing your own sponges," 27 Sep. 2020 In retirement, Walter had plans to work on home-remodeling projects with his son and soak up time with the grandkids at the family’s retirement home in Wimberley, about an hour’s drive northeast of San Antonio. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "‘It’s COVID’s fault’: How a Cedar Hill family is coping with the loss of its talented patriarch," 22 Sep. 2020 In principle, batteries can soak up surplus solar power during the daytime and distribute it to customers overnight. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Have plenty of extra fluffy towels for your pre-sleep soak. oregonlive, "Can’t sleep? Amazon Prime Day has mattresses, pillows, luxury sheets and sound machines for less," 13 Oct. 2020 Groomers’ house chef Juan Sanchez treats his planks to a soak in brine to add even more flavor on the grill. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to grill your fish with cedar planks," 12 Oct. 2020 There really isn’t anything better than a glass of wine, bath soak, and relaxing atmosphere to reboot the soul. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "How Our Favorite Black Designers Are Finding Comfort During Quarantine," 9 Oct. 2020 For more than a decade, Zumthor interrogated the features of a mountain soak, trying to determine its quintessence. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 Slide your spoonful of cereal on over to your milk for a quick bath or a longer soak, and control your crunch. Popular Science, "These pieces of kitchen gear make excellent gifts," 5 Oct. 2020 Infuse the milk soak with black tea, or consider adding ground cardamom or nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon. Washington Post, "Tres Leche Cake," 30 Sep. 2020 The coconut bath soak (which has received nearly 17,000 hearts at Sephora) uses organic coconut milk to hydrate your skin while the body polish is made with coconut husk and natural sugar to exfoliate it. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "The 100 best deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on clothes, shoes, and more," 4 Aug. 2020 Wait at least 20 minutes before removing the ring from the soak. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean a Diamond Ring Without a Trip to the Jewelers," 19 Aug. 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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16 Oct 2020

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“Soak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 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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