|—vb (when intr, |
|1.||to make, become, or be thoroughly wet or saturated, esp by immersion in a liquid|
|2.||(of a liquid) to penetrate or permeate|
|5.||(tr) metallurgy to heat (a metal) prior to working|
|6.||informal to drink excessively or make or become drunk|
|7.||slang (US), (Canadian) (tr) to overcharge|
|8.||slang (Brit) (tr) to put in pawn|
|9.||the act of immersing in a liquid or the period of immersion|
|10.||the liquid in which something may be soaked, esp a solution containing detergent|
|11.||another name for soakage|
|12.||informal (Brit) a heavy rainfall|
|13.||slang a person who drinks to excess|
|[Old English sōcian to cook; see |
Absorb, take in, as in I lay there, soaking up the sun, or She often went to hear poets read their work, soaking up every word. This usage, alluding to absorbing a liquid, dates from the mid-1500s.
Drink to excess, as in She can really soak up her beer.