- 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