soak: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sōk), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to lie in and become saturated or permeated with water or some other liquid.
  2. to pass, as a liquid, through pores, holes, or the like: The rain soaked through the tear in the umbrella.
  3. to be thoroughly wet.
  4. to penetrate or become known to the mind or feelings (fol. by in): The lesson didn't soak in.
  5. to drink immoderately, esp. alcoholic beverages: They were soaking at the bar.
  1. to place or keep in liquid in order to saturate thoroughly; steep.
  2. to wet thoroughly; saturate or drench.
  3. to permeate thoroughly, as liquid or moisture does.
  4. to heat (a piece) for reworking.
  5. to intoxicate (oneself&hasp;) by drinking an excess of liquor.
  6. to beat hard; punish severely: I was soaked for that mistake.
  7. to extract or remove by or as by soaking (often fol. by out): to soak a stain out of a napkin.
  8. to overcharge: He was soaked by the waiter.
  9. Blotting paper soaks up ink.
    1. to absorb or take in or up by absorption:Blotting paper soaks up ink.
    2. to absorb with one's mind or senses; take in:to soak up information.
    3. drink to excess:He can really soak up the booze.
  1. the act or state of soaking or the state of being soaked.
  2. the liquid in which anything is soaked.
  3. a heavy drinker.
  4. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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