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soak

Pronunciation: /səʊk/

Translation of soak in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [lentils/clothes] (immerse) poner* en or a remojo, dejar remojando; (leave immersed) dejar en or a remojo they soaked themselves in the atmosphere of the ancient city se empaparon de la atmósfera de la antigua ciudad to soak sth off despegar* or quitar algo remojándolo
    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.
    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 (drench) empapar to be soaked (to the skin) estar* empapado, estar* calado hasta los huesos
    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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (lie in liquid) the sheets will have to soak va a haber que dejar las sábanas en or a remojo to leave sth to soak dejar algo en or a remojo, dejar algo remojando I like to soak in a hot bath me gusta darme un buen baño caliente 1.2 (penetrate) (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) to soak into/through sth calar algo water had soaked through my shoes el agua me había calado los zapatos wipe it up before it soaks in límpialo antes de que se absorba
    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.

noun/nombre

  • 1 (in liquid) to give sth a soak poner* algo en or a remojo the lawn needs a good soak el césped necesita un buen remojón to be in soak estar* en or a remojo
  • 2 (drunkard) [colloquial/familiar] borrachín, (masculine, feminine) [colloquial/familiar]

Phrasal verbs

soak up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 [water/blood/ink] absorber, embeber 1.2 [sun/atmosphere] empaparse de; [knowledge/information] absorber she can really soak up the booze! ¡cómo chupa! [colloquial/familiar], bebe como una esponja

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