soak [sōk]
[ME soken < OE socian < base of sucan: see SUCK]
1. to make thoroughly wet; drench or saturate [soaked to the skin by the rain]
2. to submerge or keep in a liquid, as for thorough wetting, softening, for hydrotherapy, etc.
a) to take in (liquid) by sucking or absorbing: usually with up
b) to absorb by exposure to it [to soak up sunshine]
c) to take in mentally, esp. with little effort [to soak up knowledge]
d) to immerse (oneself) in some study or branch of learning
4. Informal to charge heavily or too dearly; overcharge
5. Slang to give a heavy blow to
1. to stay immersed in water or other liquid for wetting, softening, etc.
2. to pass or penetrate as a liquid does; permeate [rain soaking through his coat]
3. to become absorbed mentally [the fact soaked into his head]
1. the act or process of soaking
2. the state of being soaked
3. liquid used for soaking or steeping
4. Slang a drunkard
soak out
to draw out (dirt, etc.) by or as by soaking
SYN.- SOAK implies immersion in a liquid, etc. as for the purpose of absorption, thorough wetting, softening, etc. [to soak bread in milk ]; SATURATE implies absorption to a point where no more can be taken up [air saturated with moisture ]; DRENCH implies a thorough wetting as by a downpour [a garden drenched by the rain ]; STEEP1 usually suggests soaking for the purpose of extracting the essence of something [to steep tea ]; IMPREGNATE implies the penetration and permeation of one thing by another [wood impregnated with creosote ]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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