From Middle English soken, from Old English socian (“to soak, steep”, literally “to cause to suck (up)”), from Proto-Germanic *sukōną (“to soak”), causative of Proto-Germanic *sūkaną (“to suck”). Cognate with Middle Dutch soken (“to cause to suck”). More at suck.
soak (third-person singular simple present soaks, present participle soaking, simple past and past participle soaked)
- (intransitive) To be saturated with liquid by being immersed in it.
- I'm going to soak in the bath for a couple of hours.
- (transitive) To immerse in liquid to the point of saturation or thorough permeation.
- "Soak the beans overnight before cooking."
- (intransitive) To penetrate or permeate by saturation.
- The water soaked into my shoes and gave me wet feet.
- (transitive) To allow (especially a liquid) to be absorbed; to take in, receive. (usually + up)
- I soaked up all the knowledge I could at university.
- (slang, dated) To drink intemperately or gluttonously.
- (slang, metallurgy) To heat a metal before shaping it.
- (slang, pottery) To hold a kiln at a particular temperature for a given period of time.
- We should soak the kiln at cone 9 for half an hour.
to be saturated with liquid by being immersed in it
to immerse in liquid to the point of saturation or thorough permeation
to penetrate or permeate by saturation
to allow (especially a liquid) to be absorbed
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.
Translations to be checked
soak (plural soaks)
- An immersion in water etc.
- "After the climb, I had a nice long soak in a bath."
- (slang, UK) A drunkard.