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.
- (UK) enPR: sōk, IPA(key): /səʊk/
- Rhymes: -əʊk
- (US) enPR: sōk, IPA(key): /soʊk/
- Rhymes: -oʊk
- Homophone: soke
- (intransitive) To be saturated with liquid by being immersed in it.
- I'm going to soak in the bath for a couple of hours.
- Bible, Isa. xxiv. 7
- Their land shall be soaked with blood.
- (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.
- Sir Walter Scott
- The rivulet beneath soaked its way obscurely through wreaths of snow.
- (transitive) To allow (especially a liquid) to be absorbed; to take in, receive. (usually + up)
- A sponge soaks up water; the skin soaks in moisture.
- I soaked up all the knowledge I could at university.
- (slang, dated) To drink intemperately or gluttonously.
- (metallurgy) To heat a metal before shaping it.
- (ceramics) 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.
- (figuratively) To absorb; to drain.
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soak (plural soaks)
- An immersion in water etc.
- "After the climb, I had a nice long soak in a bath."
- (slang, UK) A drunkard.