These rags are being soaked in water.
- The definition of a soak is something being immersed in liquid for an extended period.
An example of a soak is sitting in a warm bath.
- To soak is to physically or mentally absorb something.
- An example of to soak is to lay in the sunshine.
- An example of to soak is to appreciate a beautiful view.
- To soak is slang for to overcharge someone.
An example of to soak is to add on extra charges to a taxi cab fare.
- To soak is to get something completely wet, or for liquid to go into something.
- An example of to soak is to submerge a rag in water.
- An example of to soak is for stain to absorb into wood.
- to make thoroughly wet; drench or saturate: soaked to the skin by the rain
- to submerge or keep in a liquid, as for thorough wetting, softening, for hydrotherapy, etc.
- : usually with up
- to take in (liquid) by sucking or absorbing
- to expose oneself to (something) and take it in as if through absorption: to soak up sunshine, soak up their praise
- to take in mentally, esp. with little effort: usually with up: to soak up knowledge
- to immerse (oneself) in some study or branch of learning
- Slang to charge heavily or too dearly; overcharge
Origin of soakMiddle English soken from Old English socian from base of sucan: see suck
- to stay immersed in water or other liquid for wetting, softening, etc.
- to pass or penetrate as a liquid does; permeate: rain soaking through his coat
- to become absorbed mentally: the fact soaked into his head
- the act or process of soaking
- the state of being soaked
- liquid used for soaking or steeping
- Slang a drunkard
verbsoaked, soak·ing, soaks
- a. To immerse in liquid for a period of time: Soak the beans in water before cooking.b. To make thoroughly wet or saturated: I soaked the flowers with the hose. We got soaked by the rain.
- a. To absorb (liquid, for example) through pores or interstices: Use the bread to soak up the gravy.b. To be exposed to: went to the beach to soak up the sun.c. Informal To experience or take in mentally, especially eagerly and easily: soaked up the music scene.
- To remove (a stain, for example) by continued immersion: soaked out the grease spots.
- Informal a. To drink (alcoholic liquor), especially to excess.b. To make (a person) drunk.
- Slang To charge (a person) an inordinate amount for something: people were getting soaked during the gas shortage.
- To be immersed in liquid: The beans are soaking.
- a. To seep into or permeate something: Water soaked into the soil.b. To be taken in mentally: The speaker paused to let her words soak in.
- Slang To drink to excess.
- The act or process of soaking: had a long soak in the bath.
- Liquid in which something may be soaked.
- Slang A drunkard.
Origin of soakMiddle English soken from Old English socian ; see seuə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present soaks, present participle soaking, simple past and past participle soaked)
- (intransitive) To be saturated with liquid by being immersed in it.
- I'm going to soak in the bath for a couple of hours.
- To immerse in liquid to the point of saturation or thorough permeation.
- Soak the beans overnight before cooking.
- (intransitive) To penetrate or permeate by saturation.
- The water soaked into my shoes and gave me wet feet.
- To allow (especially a liquid) to be absorbed; to take in, receive. (usually + up)
- A sponge soaks up water; the skin soaks in moisture.
- I soaked up all the knowledge I could at university.
- (slang, dated) To drink intemperately or gluttonously.
- (metallurgy) To heat a metal before shaping it.
- (ceramics) To hold a kiln at a particular temperature for a given period of time.
- We should soak the kiln at cone 9 for half an hour.
- (figuratively) To absorb; to drain.