soaked; soaking; soaks
: to lie immersed in liquid (such as water) : become saturated by or as if by immersion
: to enter or pass through something by or as if by pores or interstices : permeate
: to penetrate or affect the mind or feelings —usually used with in or into
: to drink alcoholic beverages intemperately
: to permeate so as to wet, soften, or fill thoroughly
: to place in a surrounding element (such as liquid) to wet or permeate thoroughly
: to extract by or as if by steeping
soak the dirt out
: to draw or take in by or as if by suction or absorption
soaked up the sunshine
: to intoxicate (oneself) by drinking alcoholic beverages
: to cause to pay an exorbitant amount
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 See More
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VerbSimply soak a cotton ball in acetone, and wrap each nail in that in tin foil. —Emily Shiffer, womenshealthmag.com, 2 June 2023 And in the South, herds of hippos would soak like submarines in the bucolic waters of their riverside ranches. —Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 May 2023 Their sweat, blood, and the fabric that soaked it all up was immensely profitable for the empire. —Raksha Vasudevan, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 May 2023 Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens are soaking it all in. —Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 8 May 2023 Time here is spent soaking it all up and immersing yourself in the surrounds and culture through the people, forcing you to go with the flow. —Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 6 May 2023 This conditioning potion deeply soaks into the roots of your hair follicle so your brows grow in shiny, full, and healthy. —Brigitt Earley, Women's Health, 5 May 2023 For the rest of the Northeast, the precipitation type will be all rain, on top of what has already been a soaking weekend. —Jennifer Gray, CNN, 1 May 2023 They can get soaked when the cauldron fills and tips, create their own waterways and build and race boats, squirt cannons and get wet every which way. —Rebecca Treon, Chron, 30 Apr. 2023
NounIf your foot and toe are still in pain, try a warm soak or using a heating pad, suggests Dr. Schaeffer. —Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 12 Apr. 2023 The soak and cycle method is also recommended once a week for landscape beds that include trees, shrubs and perennials. —Dallas News, 7 July 2022 All soaks and spa packages include access to a wet cedar sauna and cold showers. —Shayla Martin, New York Times, 4 May 2023 But oats aren’t the only grain option that can handle an overnight soak. —Casey Barber, CNN, 19 Apr. 2023 In addition to the classic bath products—candles, soaks, body care products, yada yada—I’m inviting you to consider adding a few more unexpected products to your collection, because bathing should be an experience. —Sarah Madaus, SELF, 8 Mar. 2023 Have plenty of extra fluffy towels for your pre-sleep soak. —oregonlive, 21 June 2021 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, Health, 3 Feb. 2023 Some varieties, but not all, also like a weekly soak. —Terri Robertson, Country Living, 1 Feb. 2023 See More
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