\ 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

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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 Meanwhile, soak wood chips in water for at least 20 minutes if small or 1 hour if larger chunks. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 The multimedia spectacle is a 21st-century remix of images from some 300 Van Gogh paintings and artworks projected onto walls, columns and floors of an exhibit hall for viewers to soak in. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Oct. 2021 Changing tax laws to soak the rich makes sense with a labor theory of value, but not with a sophisticated understanding of continual investment and technological change. Paul H. Rubin, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Beyond the lab’s outsized vision of medicinal music are songs that simply soak into the atmosphere like a scented candle. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2021 To see a character do that is funny — to think that the actor behind the character would rather soak himself in water than stop the play is even funnier. Michelle Cohn, Vulture, 27 Sep. 2021 The unassuming New York University law professor who’s coordinated President Joe Biden’s sweeping tax proposals is finding that in Washington, many Democrats don’t share his zeal to soak the rich. Fortune, 25 Sep. 2021 Kerzner set her mind to creating a space where guests could soak up, with minimal impact, the mesmerizing natural environment. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 22 Sep. 2021 Cover beans with 2 inches of water and soak for 4 to 6 hours (optional). Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Markowitz’s favorite is Aveeno's Soothing Bath Treatment because the powder substance forms a milky bath soak, providing temporary skin protection. Deena Campbell, Allure, 4 Aug. 2021 Don’t drown the soil though—just give it a nice soak until the water seeps in several inches. Daryl Beyers, Good Housekeeping, 30 Aug. 2021 Bathing cultures from around the world have given us insights into the benefits of a restorative soak, from soothing muscle aches to providing mental clarity. Michella Oré, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2021 After a soak in cool water, the ears can be roasted over a gas or charcoal grill, turning often until the husks are beautifully charred, about 30 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 Bathrooms are luxurious and up to date, with deep baths for a soak. Michele Robson, Forbes, 26 June 2021 Try a quick yoga session, mindful breathing or a soak in an aromatherapy bath (look for bath salts or oils with lavender, which studies show promotes relaxation). Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, 25 June 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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