Definition of soak in English:

soak

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make or allow (something) to become thoroughly wet by immersing it in liquid.

    ‘soak the beans overnight in water’
    • ‘If using dried borlotti beans soak them overnight in cold water then rinse well.’
    • ‘If using dried beans, soak them overnight, then cover with fresh water and cook for between 60 and 90 minutes, until tender.’
    • ‘Then they soak the projectiles in the poison over night.’
    • ‘He ripped off two lengths of bandage and began soaking them in the liquid.’
    • ‘The woman had gotten a towel and soaked it in the sink.’
    • ‘To clean your bearings thoroughly, take the bearings apart and soak them in a citrus degreaser.’
    • ‘Any sailor who shot an albatross would soak it overnight to get rid of the fishy taste, and make pies from it the next morning.’
    • ‘Steep it for 10 minutes, allow the tea to cool and soak your feet for 30 minutes.’
    • ‘Make sure it is totally submerged, and soak each batch in clean water to avoid pollutants.’
    • ‘Allow the tea to cool, soak a washcloth in it, wring it out, lie down, and place it over your closed eyes for 15 to 20 minutes.’
    • ‘They were somewhat difficult to come by, anchovies packed in oil are much easier to find, but I finally located some and soaked them overnight.’
    • ‘Cook until the flour is light golden brown, then stir in the stock and also the liquid reserved from soaking the dried mushrooms.’
    • ‘Rinse thoroughly, then soak the fabric in a dilute bleach solution.’
    • ‘To get rid of the salt, I would recommend that you soak it at least overnight.’
    • ‘The are usually packed in olive oil or vinegar, and are frequently slit so they absorb the flavor of the wine vinegar marinade in which they are soaked.’
    • ‘Rinse or soak them thoroughly in fresh water to remove excess salt before adding them to your compost pile.’
    • ‘In a bowl, combine tapioca and milk; soak for one hour.’
    • ‘Steven soaks his clothes overnight to get out stains.’
    • ‘If you want your paste to not be green, soak the pistachios overnight, and then remove the skins with a tea towel.’
    • ‘For a natural fabric softener, soak garments overnight in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water, then rinse well in clear water before washing.’
    immerse, steep, submerge, submerse, dip, sink, dunk, bathe, wet, rinse, douse, marinate, souse, pickle, ret
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    1. 1.1no object Be immersed in water or another liquid.
      ‘she spent some time soaking in a hot bath’
      • ‘Luke ran to the bathroom and started to run some super hot water for Winnie to soak in for a while.’
      • ‘Once the slices have soaked for 10 minutes, discard the liquid.’
      • ‘I wrung out a cold washrag, let it soak in the hot water as I brushed my hair, then braided it into a tight braid in the back of my head.’
      • ‘Also, soaking in a shallow tub of salty water may ease the discomfort.’
      • ‘I couldn't have looked convinced, because she then dragged me over to her sink where a dirty baking dish was soaking in water.’
      • ‘While those were soaking in boiling water, I also boiled chicken with garlic and onions.’
      • ‘They were more likely to say they soak in a tub to relax.’
      • ‘After 15 to 20 minutes soaking in the water, your pores will enlarge and pulse quicken.’
      • ‘She thought about going home and soaking in the water.’
      • ‘Since they cannot maintain a peaceful mind within activity, they avoid noisy places and spend their days soaking in stale water.’
      • ‘She soaked for hours, enjoying the feel of the warm water against her skin.’
      • ‘I then left the clothes in a bucket to soak overnight with washing soda.’
      • ‘An old man, whose face looked as if he'd been soaking in water too long, snuck glances at me while puffing on a cigarette.’
      • ‘Let agitation begin, but stop the washer and let the towels soak in hot water.’
      • ‘Lying with her feet propped on the rim of the large tub, Yvonne let herself soak in the hot water.’
      • ‘She has a stack of willow in her garden at all times, soaking in water ready for weaving.’
      • ‘I laid quietly in the bathtub soaking in the warm water and letting it settle my thoughts.’
      • ‘As I soaked in the hot water to wake up, my brain was awhirl in a multitude of thoughts.’
      • ‘After realizing how long I had sat soaking in the water, I hoisted myself up out of the tub and walked across the room to retrieve a towel.’
      • ‘One night, while I was soaking in the bath, the phone rang.’
    2. 1.2 (of a liquid) cause (something or someone) to become extremely wet.
      ‘the rain poured down, soaking their hair’
      • ‘I gasp loudly as the cold liquid soaks my face and my chest.’
      • ‘Once the weather had died down, I found to my horror that I had about 100 kg of sea water soaking my rations.’
      • ‘Substances where this mold can be found include places where water has soaked wood.’
      • ‘He stood shivering as rain soaked his clothes, trying to protect his harp.’
      • ‘As spray soaked the men on-board the sergeant bellowed orders.’
      • ‘Gasping slightly he felt the water rapidly soak him through, chilling him to the bone; still he moved further into the waters.’
      • ‘She could feel a stinging liquid dribbling down her shoulder and soaking her shirt; her wound had reopened in her frantic flight.’
      • ‘Cat twirled around as the warm rain pounded down on her, soaking her uniform-dress and hair.’
      • ‘A small stream of warm red liquid flowed down my neck and hit my shirt, soaking a small patch of black cloth.’
      • ‘The liquid quickly soaked his grey socks and he stepped out of the fuming puddle in no time, fumbling to take off the wet articles of clothing.’
      • ‘I held it over his head and wrung it out; the water soaked his sheets, his hair and his shirt.’
      • ‘Roof and mechanical system leaks can allow water to soak interior surfaces.’
      • ‘She took another shuddering breath as she placed her head under the running water and allowed it to soak her hair.’
      • ‘The rain poured down relentlessly, soaking her to the skin within minutes of its beginning.’
      • ‘Running her hands threw her long black hair she let the water soak her back.’
      • ‘I heard the shattering but not before I felt the hot liquid soaking my worm pajama pants and burning my skin.’
      • ‘Water came spraying out and soaked his t-shirt quite thoroughly.’
      • ‘Instead of sleeping, though, I cried silently, my tears soaking the pillow.’
      • ‘I buried my face in his chest, allowing my tears to soak his shirt, leaving tell tale damp spots where my eyes had pressed.’
      • ‘The warm salty tears soaked her palms thoroughly, making them damp.’
      drench, wet through, saturate, waterlog, deluge, inundate, submerge, drown, swamp
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    3. 1.3no object, with adverbial of direction (of a liquid) penetrate or permeate completely.
      ‘cold water was soaking into my shoes’
      • ‘Sweat from his fingertips soaks into the comic's cover.’
      • ‘If the water soaks in, the wood needs to be refinished.’
      • ‘When the water soaks into my shoes, I lose all feeling in my toes, but it is okay because I am not being beaten for being a little wet.’
      • ‘The cold water easily soaked through my clothes, leaving me shivering, a harsh contrast to the warmth of a moment ago.’
      • ‘Whatever ink soaks through will be absorbed by the paper towel.’
      • ‘Glancing at his paper, he realised that the ink had soaked through several sheets.’
      • ‘At this point, water either soaks into the face of the concrete masonry or flows down the wall.’
      • ‘Sweat soaked through her clothes and matted her short red hair.’
      • ‘His sweat would've soaked through her breeches, but she sat sort of side-saddle, and her legs were facing the inside of the arena.’
      • ‘The water was soaking through the cotton wool, and was then hanging until a sufficiently large drop fell into the bath.’
      • ‘All four gardaí had to return to the station to shower and change uniforms as the petrol had soaked through their clothes causing a further hazard.’
      • ‘He flinched, and the orange liquid soaked through his pants.’
      • ‘By then tears were already soaking into her skin and her eyes were a bit swollen.’
      • ‘The sweat band wrapped tightly around her forehead was drenched, and sweat soaked through her clothes and covered her face and arms.’
      • ‘During a downpour I saw two young girls wearing bell-bottomed jeans that were so long the hem waded through every puddle and water had soaked up to the back of their knees!’
      • ‘Accidentally knocking over the bottle, I watched as the crimson coloured liquid soaked into the white papers.’
      • ‘The ink had soaked through the pages, the pages curled and wrinkled.’
      • ‘I see the droplets soak into the stale, brown grass, and I watch it pound the drooping daylilies and roses.’
      • ‘The front side of the cage began to glow, and in seconds, the liquid that had soaked into my clothes disappeared, and I was dry.’
      • ‘It was caused by me stupidly putting a retractable pen in my pocket - the ink soaked into the fabric.’
      permeate, penetrate, percolate, soak into, seep into, seep through, spread through, infuse, impregnate, imbue, pervade
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    4. 1.4soak something off/out Remove something by immersing it in water for a period of time.
      ‘don't disturb the wound—soak the dressing off if necessary’
      • ‘It is mostly used after the salt is soaked out.’
      • ‘I had to soak the labels off for all of them so they could buy more.’
      • ‘‘I changed the sheets and pillowcases, and I'm soaking the bloodstain out,’ Tara said earnestly.’
      • ‘He had to soak the blood out of the sponge often, and soon discovered that after squeezing it into the bucket, the water within got more and more pink.’
      • ‘If that appears to be a problem, disconnect it, and soak the salt clog out (around the bottom float ball) in a tub of water.’
      • ‘So do most full ones, just soak the label off first.’
      • ‘‘Now soak it off with warm water,’ she said, gesturing to the bloody linen.’
  • 2informal Impose heavy charges or taxation on.

    ‘VAT would not soak the rich—it would soak the everyday guy struggling to stay afloat’
    • ‘Likewise, their prescription-drug plan is limited to seniors, and even then it soaks the taxpayers while allowing the drug makers to keep charging rip-off prices.’
  • 3informal, archaic no object Drink heavily.

    ‘you keep soaking in taverns’

noun

  • 1An act of immersing someone or something in liquid for a period of time.

    ‘I'm looking forward to a long soak in the bath’
    • ‘You might have tried brining a turkey, but other meats benefit from a soak in a salt-sugar liquid too.’
    • ‘For a soothing, relaxing soak, put dried thyme into an eight-inch square of cheesecloth.’
    • ‘After a long walk back to Piccadilly Circus and a stuffy train journey home during which I dozed off, I was glad of a soak in a cool, deep bath.’
    • ‘Other highlights of our weekend: a soak in an outdoor, rooftop hot tub.’
    • ‘Most, though, are intended as peaceful retreats for grown-ups who prefer quiet soaks to water slides.’
    • ‘It turned out to be a quicker soak than he'd anticipated.’
    • ‘So I shall seek other forms of rest and relaxation after work today, probably involving some music and a good book, with the possible addition of a soak in the bath.’
    • ‘I had been washing from a bucket of water he provided for me each morning and while it was refreshing, I really needed to have a good soak and wash my hair.’
    • ‘Cleaning your food processor bowl with a good soak is tough because of the hole in the middle.’
    • ‘They had all opted for a soak in the hot tub, and Ashley lent them a few of her bathing suits.’
    • ‘As an alternative to sleeping aids, some experts recommend a soak in a hot tub.’
    • ‘On many moonless nights, they have enjoyed a warm soak, watching thousands of stars, in complete solitude.’
    • ‘I lit candles all around the bathroom, and had a nice soak in a bath full of lavender scented bubbles.’
    • ‘The essence of the Sycamore experience is a soak in one of the resort's fancifully named redwood tubs.’
    • ‘Tiptoe through the garden for a moonlit soak in the hot tub or simply cuddle up by the fire in your room.’
    • ‘Top off your perfect evening with a soothing soak in one of their private baths.’
    • ‘I completely tuned her out after that, and enjoyed a hot soak.’
    • ‘I enjoyed the dip, even if it was in a cold bath that looked as if a football team had enjoyed a soak before me.’
    • ‘He nods, says he'll be there on Sunday - as always - for his 15 minutes of ice followed by a soak in the cold tub.’
    • ‘Hot chocolate warms me before I retire to my room for a pre-dinner nap and a good long soak in the bath to pre-empt any aches and pains from the day's exercise.’
  • 2informal A heavy drinker.

    ‘his daughter stayed up to put the old soak to bed’
    • ‘It helps to mar what is otherwise a perfectly respectable account of the old soak's rise to power.’
    • ‘He's either a total soak, or he was getting someone else a drink when he ran into Jan.’
    • ‘If you don't make any more beer soon you'll run out, and then where will you be, you old soak?’
    • ‘Satyrs and nymphs gambol about him harmlessly, and Silenus is a cheerful old soak.’
    • ‘Some old soak deprived of a few bob won't make it.’
    drinker, serious drinker, hard drinker, problem drinker, alcoholic
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  • 3Australian A hollow where rainwater collects; a waterhole.

    • ‘A number of Warlpiri families were also camped near the soak.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • soak oneself in

    • Immerse oneself in (a particular experience, activity, or interest)

      ‘he soaked himself in the music of Mozart’
      • ‘This is not a college course, it's a living proposition, here for you to use, to dive into and soak yourself in.’
      • ‘He grew up soaking himself in the traditional Greek music.’
      • ‘He went about researching the war meticulously, soaking himself in the plentiful documentary material from this most media-infiltrated of conflicts.’
      • ‘I tried to soak myself in the story, to let the notes and phrases marinate in my head.’
      • ‘He had soaked himself in all his books from the intervening years.’
      • ‘On the other hand, it was admirable to see the way he soaked himself in England, and acquired a perfect mastery of English, even if his English remained a little stiff.’
      • ‘Recording equipment has become cheap and accessible to an extent unforeseeable 30 years ago, while the globalisation of music makes it easy for musicians to soak themselves in a multiplicity of sources.’
      • ‘Like a field absorbing fresh spring rains, we can continue to soak ourselves in the Spirit's presence, absorbing more and more of his life.’
  • soak something up

    • 1Absorb a liquid.

      ‘use clean tissues to soak up any droplets of water’
      • ‘So if you have your bag with you, or if your clothing falls too low, it soaks up the hose water like a sponge.’
      • ‘The bread soaked up the meaty juices in a satisfyingly rustic way.’
      • ‘The drawback is that down soaks up water, so you can't wear most jackets in the rain.’
      • ‘It must have soaked up some water in the cellar over the years and swelled somewhat.’
      • ‘The plants and trees will provide storm water protection by soaking up the rain.’
      • ‘The garden also uses bark chip mulch which soaks up water and slowly releases it into the ground and a combination of soil and gravel to improve drainage.’
      • ‘Unless the roof is waterproofed, that weight could double as the soil soaks up water during rains.’
      • ‘This was annoying enough, but after I'd used towels to soak up the water, I heard an ominous dripping noise coming from below.’
      • ‘The towels soaked up the red liquid with blinding efficiency, soaking up almost ten times their weight in liquid.’
      • ‘The three-month trial has shown hemp to be a more effective mop crop, in that it grows quicker and produces bigger plants, soaking up more water and nutrients.’
      absorb, suck up, draw in, draw up, blot, blot up, mop, mop up, sponge up, sop up, take in, take up
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      1. 1.1Expose oneself to or experience something beneficial or enjoyable.
        ‘lie back and soak up the Mediterranean sun’
        ‘he spends his time painting and soaking up the culture’
        • ‘"We're just going to soak up the atmosphere," said Lesley.’
        • ‘I'm going on vacation to soak up some sun and refresh my mind.’
        • ‘So if you couldn't get tickets to the paid events, you can still soak up the atmosphere.’
        • ‘We both spent time outside, soaking up some rays and just enjoying the spring weather.’
        • ‘I stood there soaking up the final rays of the sun until it set completely.’
        • ‘For half a century now many rich and varied cultural experiences have been soaked up over the scorching hot Perth summers.’
        • ‘Now she's going off to a Greek island to soak up the sun.’
        • ‘Lie back and soak it up - the bright tones and soothing vocals are best appreciated horizontally, although there's plenty of wiggle in these wobbly cut-up rhythms as well.’
      2. 1.2informal Cost or use up money.
        ‘the project had soaked up over £1 billion’

Origin

Old English socian ‘become saturated with a liquid by immersion’; related to sūcan ‘to suck’.

Pronunciation

soak

/səʊk/