- soak1 S3 [səuk US souk] v[: Old English; Origin: socian]1.) [I and T]if you soak something, or if you let it soak, you keep it covered with a liquid for a period of time, especially in order to make it softer or easier to clean▪ Soak the clothes in cold water.▪ Let the pans soak; I'll wash them later.soak sth off/out(=remove it by soaking)▪ Put the bottle in soapy water to soak the label off.2.) [I always + adverb/preposition, T]to make something completely wet▪ Police aimed water hoses at the marchers, soaking them.soak through/into etc▪ The blood soaked through the bandage.soak sth in/with sth▪ a rag soaked with oil3.)to spend a long time taking a bath▪ Soak in a warm bath to relax.4.) [T] [i]informalto make someone pay too much money in prices or taxes▪ taxes that soak the middle classessoak up [soak sth<=>up] phr v1.) if something soaks up a liquid, it takes the liquid into itself▪ He used a towel to soak up the blood.2.) soak up the sun/rays/sunshine etcto sit outside for a long time enjoying the sun3.) to enjoy a place by watching it or becoming involved in it▪ Go to a sidewalk cafe, order coffee, and soak up the atmosphere .4.) to learn something quickly and easily▪ Children soak up language incredibly quickly.soak 2soak2 n [singular]1.) a long and enjoyable time spent sitting in the bath▪ I had a good long soak in the bath.2.) BrE when you soak something▪ Give the towels a good soak , they're very dirty.3.) an old soaksomeone who is often drunk - used humorously
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.