- 1Make or allow (something) to become thoroughly wet by immersing it in liquid: soak the beans overnight in waterMore example sentences
- Rinse thoroughly, then soak the fabric in a dilute bleach solution.
- Rinse or soak them thoroughly in fresh water to remove excess salt before adding them to your compost pile.
- If using dried beans, soak them overnight, then cover with fresh water and cook for between 60 and 90 minutes, until tender.
- 1.1 [no object] Be immersed in water or another liquid: she spent some time soaking in a hot bathMore example sentences
- As I soaked in the hot water to wake up, my brain was awhirl in a multitude of thoughts.
- Let agitation begin, but stop the washer and let the towels soak in hot water.
- Lying with her feet propped on the rim of the large tub, Yvonne let herself soak in the hot water.
- 1.2(Of a liquid) cause (something or someone) to become extremely wet: the rain poured down, soaking their hairMore example sentences
- Gasping slightly he felt the water rapidly soak him through, chilling him to the bone; still he moved further into the waters.
- I held it over his head and wrung it out; the water soaked his sheets, his hair and his shirt.
- Substances where this mold can be found include places where water has soaked wood.
- 1.3 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a liquid) penetrate or permeate completely: cold water was soaking into my shoesMore example sentences
- The cold water easily soaked through my clothes, leaving me shivering, a harsh contrast to the warmth of a moment ago.
- When the water soaks into my shoes, I lose all feeling in my toes, but it is okay because I am not being beaten for being a little wet.
- He flinched, and the orange liquid soaked through his pants.
- 1.4 (soak something off/out) Remove something by immersing it in water for a period of time: don’t disturb the wound—soak the dressing off if necessaryMore example sentences
- ‘Now soak it off with warm water,’ she said, gesturing to the bloody linen.
- It is mostly used after the salt is soaked out.
- ‘I changed the sheets and pillowcases, and I'm soaking the bloodstain out,’ Tara said earnestly.
- 2 • informal Impose heavy charges or taxation on: VAT would not soak the rich—it would soak the everyday guy struggling to stay afloatMore example sentences
- Likewise, their prescription-drug plan is limited to seniors, and even then it soaks the taxpayers while allowing the drug makers to keep charging rip-off prices.
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- 1An act of immersing someone or something in liquid for a period of time: I’m looking forward to a long soak in the bathMore example sentences
- You might have tried brining a turkey, but other meats benefit from a soak in a salt-sugar liquid too.
- So I shall seek other forms of rest and relaxation after work today, probably involving some music and a good book, with the possible addition of a soak in the bath.
- I lit candles all around the bathroom, and had a nice soak in a bath full of lavender scented bubbles.
- 2 • informal A heavy drinker: his daughter stayed up to put the old soak to bedMore example sentences
- It helps to mar what is otherwise a perfectly respectable account of the old soak's rise to power.
- Some old soak deprived of a few bob won't make it.
- If you don't make any more beer soon you'll run out, and then where will you be, you old soak?
- 3Australian A hollow where rainwater collects; a waterhole.More example sentences
- A number of Warlpiri families were also camped near the soak.
soak oneself in
- Immerse oneself in (a particular experience, activity, or interest): he soaked himself in the music of MozartMore example sentences
- He had soaked himself in all his books from the intervening years.
- This is not a college course, it's a living proposition, here for you to use, to dive into and soak yourself in.
- He grew up soaking himself in the traditional Greek music.
soak something up
- Absorb a liquid: use clean tissues to soak up any droplets of waterMore example sentences
- The towels soaked up the red liquid with blinding efficiency, soaking up almost ten times their weight in liquid.
- The bread soaked up the meaty juices in a satisfyingly rustic way.
- The garden also uses bark chip mulch which soaks up water and slowly releases it into the ground and a combination of soil and gravel to improve drainage.
- Expose oneself to or experience something beneficial or enjoyable: lie back and soak up the Mediterranean sun he spends his time painting and soaking up the cultureMore example sentences
- For half a century now many rich and varied cultural experiences have been soaked up over the scorching hot Perth summers.
- Lie back and soak it up - the bright tones and soothing vocals are best appreciated horizontally, although there's plenty of wiggle in these wobbly cut-up rhythms as well.
- We both spent time outside, soaking up some rays and just enjoying the spring weather.
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- The dump is actually on a height above it, surely anyone can see that soakage from the dump will go into the river and then go on to be used in the water supply.
- I was told there wasn't enough soakage on the site, even though the one beside it was fine.
- One is the harvesting and conveyance of water from the water source, the river typically in the Murray-Darling system, and how much water is lost through soakage and evaporation and so on, just to get it to the farm gate.
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- The feeders can be proper freshwater patterns filled with mashed mackerel, worm and bread, the bread acting as binder and scent soaker.
- Monday could be a real soaker for the Chicago area.
- So as you can see...we had quite a soaker on Sunday.
Old English socian 'become saturated with a liquid by immersion'; related to sūcan 'to suck'.