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Definition of soak verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they soak
    he / she / it soaks
    past simple soaked
    -ing form soaking
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to put something in liquid for a time so that it becomes completely wet; to become completely wet in this way soak something (in something) I usually soak the beans overnight. If you soak the tablecloth before you wash it, the stains should come out. soak (in something) Leave the apricots to soak for 20 minutes. I'm going to go and soak in the bath.
  2. 2[transitive] soak somebody/something to make someone or something completely wet synonym drench A sudden shower of rain soaked the spectators.
  3. 3[transitive] soak somebody (informal) to obtain a lot of money from someone by making them pay very high taxes or prices He was accused of soaking his clients.
  4. Phrasal Verbssoak into/through somethingsoak somethingoff/outsoak somethingup
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