\ 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
2 : drunkard

Other Words from soak


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 Kids grow 1,000 Orbeez seeds, then soak their hands for a soothing bead massage that provides a manicure without the mess of polish. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 The warm front that will soak the Portland/Vancouver area through the lunch hour is expected to swing into Washington by the afternoon. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 But there's lots of local culture to soak in while simply strolling the compact, walkable city — Guanajuato is home to a university, and the student population means the cafes, bars, and markets are always thrumming with life. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Put the chiles in a bowl and cover with boiling water; weigh down the chiles with a plate to keep them submerged and soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 Burn areas remain a concern, as land devoid of vegetation can't soak up heavy rainfall as quickly, increasing the likelihood of flash flooding. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2021 Burn areas remain a concern, as land devoid of vegetation can’t soak up heavy rainfall as quickly, increasing the likelihood of mudslides and flash flooding that could trap people. NBC News, 24 Oct. 2021 As the music from the band played over the organization members that mingled following the ceremony, the team and coaches tried to soak it all in. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Nov. 2021 Slice them 1/8-inch thick, rinse them, and then soak them for at least two hours in warm water using a 10-to-1 water-to-veggie ratio. Hallie Levine,, 1 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the bathroom, the standalone oval tub begs for a soak. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 The calming combination of CBD, CBG, and CBN, plus essential oils, makes for a satisfying soak that soothes sore muscles and leaves skin silky smooth. Lisa Desantis,, 8 Nov. 2021 Book the pool as your home base for the day, head out for a hike just across the street, and come back for a soak in the pool or adjoining hot tub. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 4 Oct. 2021 In a 1957 perfume ad, a woman prepares for a soak in a state-of-the-art bath. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 Such activities are perfectly rounded out by a soak in the evening. Breanna Wilson, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Its newest treatment is a 30-minute grand bathtub soak ($95) in a private room that was once the factory’s chimney. New York Times, 8 July 2021 What better way to start off an introduction to Italian beauty or stock up on your long-time favorites than with a gift set, including everything from a bath soak to olive oil bath and shower cream. Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2021 To soak-water, drench your fig until the water drains out. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2021

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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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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
: 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


\ 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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