Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?


[sohk] /soʊk/
verb (used without object)
to lie in and become saturated or permeated with water or some other liquid.
to pass, as a liquid, through pores, holes, or the like:
The rain soaked through the tear in the umbrella.
to be thoroughly wet.
to penetrate or become known to the mind or feelings (followed by in):
The lesson didn't soak in.
Informal. to drink immoderately, especially alcoholic beverages:
They were soaking at the bar.
verb (used with object)
to place or keep in liquid in order to saturate thoroughly; steep.
to wet thoroughly; saturate or drench.
to permeate thoroughly, as liquid or moisture does.
Metallurgy. to heat (a piece) for reworking.
Informal. to intoxicate (oneself) by drinking an excess of liquor.
Slang. to beat hard; punish severely:
I was soaked for that mistake.
to extract or remove by or as by soaking (often followed by out):
to soak a stain out of a napkin.
Slang. to overcharge:
He was soaked by the waiter.
the act or state of soaking or the state of being soaked.
the liquid in which anything is soaked.
Slang. a heavy drinker.
Australian. any small area of land, as near a spring or at the foot of a hill, that becomes swamplike or holds water after a period of heavy rain.
Verb phrases
soak up,
  1. to absorb or take in or up by absorption:
    Blotting paper soaks up ink.
  2. to absorb with one's mind or senses; take in:
    to soak up information.
  3. Slang. to drink to excess:
    He can really soak up the booze.
Origin of soak
before 1000; Middle English soken, Old English sōcian; akin to suck
Related forms
soaker, noun
soakingly, adverb
oversoak, verb
resoak, verb
unsoaked, adjective
well-soaked, adjective
2, 4. seep. 7. See wet. 8. infuse, penetrate.
7. dry. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for soaking up
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The sun had dried my clothes on my back and then gone on to make it a good job by soaking up all the moisture in my system.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • Paint the inside with white of egg to prevent its soaking up the sauce of the filling.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • He scrubbed at it with his sleeve, soaking up the blood, wiping the spot fiercely.

    The K-Factor Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
  • He found himself clutching the chair, and forced himself to relax, soaking up the shock as he had soaked up so many others.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • Don't try that or you'll get the worst of it, Marsh; you've been soaking up too much whisky to be any good at that game with me!

    The Just and the Unjust Vaughan Kester
  • The most singular phase was that I reproached myself for not soaking up more sun in the past.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Gordon felt something hit his back, and instinctively fell, soaking up the blow.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • He stayed where he was for a moment with his face buried in his crossed over arms, soaking up the soothing warmth on his back.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for soaking up


to make, become, or be thoroughly wet or saturated, esp by immersion in a liquid
when intr, usually foll by in or into. (of a liquid) to penetrate or permeate
(transitive; usually foll by in or up) (of a permeable solid) to take in (a liquid) by absorption: the earth soaks up rainwater
(transitive; foll by out or out of) to remove by immersion in a liquid: she soaked the stains out of the dress
(transitive) (metallurgy) to heat (a metal) prior to working
(informal) to drink excessively or make or become drunk
(transitive) (US & Canadian, slang) to overcharge
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to put in pawn
the act of immersing in a liquid or the period of immersion
the liquid in which something may be soaked, esp a solution containing detergent
another name for soakage (sense 3)
(Brit, informal) a heavy rainfall
(slang) a person who drinks to excess
Derived Forms
soaker, noun
soaking, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sōcian to cook; see suck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for soaking up



Old English socian (intransitive) "to soak, to lie in liquid," from Proto-Germanic *sukon (cf. West Flemish soken), possibly from PIE *sug-, from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)). Transitive sense "drench, permeate thoroughly" is from mid-14c.; that of "cause to lie in liquid" is from early 15c. Meaning "take up by absorption" is from 1550s. Slang meaning "to overcharge" first recorded 1895. Related: Soaked; soaking. As a noun, mid-15c., from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for soaking up



A sexually interesting and interested woman: It's a snuggy. No, too young, a snugette. Fourteen years old and hot to trot (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for soak

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for soaking

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for soaking up