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,
to absorb or take in or up by absorption: Blotting paper soaks up ink.
to absorb with one's mind or senses; take in: to soak up information.
Slang. to drink to excess: He can really soak up the booze.

before 1000; Middle English soken, Old English sōcian; akin to suck

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. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
soak (səʊk)
vb (when intr, usually foll by in or into)
1.  to make, become, or be thoroughly wet or saturated, esp by immersion in a liquid
2.  (of a liquid) to penetrate or permeate
3.  (tr; usually foll by in or up) (of a permeable solid) to take in (a liquid) by absorption: the earth soaks up rainwater
4.  (tr; foll by out or out of) to remove by immersion in a liquid: she soaked the stains out of the dress
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 suck]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

O.E. socian (related to sucan "to suck"), from P.Gmc. *sukon (cf. W.Flem. soken), from PIE base *seue- "to take liquid" (see sup (2)). Slang meaning "to overcharge" first recorded 1895.
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Example sentences
Wash and pare small potatoes, cut in eighth lengthwise, and soak one hour in
  cold water.
Pick over and wash prunes, then soak one hour in cold water, and boil until
  soft in same water.
Remove oil bag, and wash bird by allowing cold water to run through it, not
  allowing bird to soak in cold water.
Soak the rinds of your citrus fruits in water for several days to infuse the
  scent in the water.
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