Synonyms & Antonyms of soak

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a person who makes a habit of getting drunk
  • felt sorry for the town soak, who couldn't hold a job

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Synonyms & Antonyms of soak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to wet thoroughly with liquid
  • we ran for home as soon as the rain started, but our clothes still ended up soaked

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2 to charge (someone) too much for goods or services
  • a merchant who soaks the tourists every summer

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3 to make wet
  • that downpour soaked my hair, and now I look like a sight

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4 to partake excessively of alcoholic beverages
  • depressed about his love life, he repaired to a bar to soak

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How is the word soak different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of soak are drench, impregnate, saturate, and steep. While all these words 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

When might drench be a better fit than soak?

In some situations, the words drench and soak are roughly equivalent. However, drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured.

clothes drenched by a cloudburst

Where would impregnate be a reasonable alternative to soak?

The words impregnate and soak can be used in similar contexts, but impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another.

a cake strongly impregnated with brandy

When could saturate be used to replace soak?

The synonyms saturate and soak are sometimes interchangeable, but saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held.

a saturated sponge

When can steep be used instead of soak?

While in some cases nearly identical to soak, 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

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

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“Soak.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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