v. soaked, soak·ing, soaks
a. To immerse in liquid for a period of time: Soak the beans in water before cooking.
b. To make thoroughly wet or saturated: I soaked the flowers with the hose. We got soaked by the rain.
a. To absorb (liquid, for example) through pores or interstices: Use the bread to soak up the gravy.
b. To be exposed to: went to the beach to soak up the sun.
c. Informal To experience or take in mentally, especially eagerly and easily: soaked up the music scene.
3. To remove (a stain, for example) by continued immersion: soaked out the grease spots.
a. To drink (alcoholic liquor), especially to excess.
b. To make (a person) drunk.
5. Slang To charge (a person) an inordinate amount for something: people were getting soaked during the gas shortage.
1. To be immersed in liquid: The beans are soaking.
a. To seep into or permeate something: Water soaked into the soil.
b. To be taken in mentally: The speaker paused to let her words soak in.
3. Slang To drink to excess.
1. The act or process of soaking: had a long soak in the bath.
2. Liquid in which something may be soaked.
3. Slang A drunkard.
[Middle English soken, from Old English socian; see seuə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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