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Definition of soak verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    soak

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they soak
    BrE BrE//səʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊk//
     
    he / she / it soaks
    BrE BrE//səʊks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊks//
     
    past simple soaked
    BrE BrE//səʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊkt//
     
    past participle soaked
    BrE BrE//səʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊkt//
     
    -ing form soaking
    BrE BrE//ˈsəʊkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊkɪŋ//
     
    Preparing food, Rain
     
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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. See related entries: Preparing food
  2. 2[transitive] soak somebody/something to make somebody/something completely wet synonym drench A sudden shower of rain soaked the spectators. See related entries: Rain
  3. 3[transitive] soak somebody (informal) to obtain a lot of money from somebody by making them pay very high taxes or prices He was accused of soaking his clients.
  4. Word Origin Old English socian ‘become saturated with a liquid by immersion’; related to sūcan ‘to suck’.Extra examples He soaked the cloth with petrol. I’ve left the clothes to soak overnight. Leave the beans to soak overnight. Let the soil soak up the water. Place the jar in warm water to soak the label off. Soak the clothes in cold water. The rain had soaked through every layer of his clothing. Water dripped off the table and soaked into the carpet. His shirt was soaked with blood. I’m going to go and soak in the bath. Phrasal Verbssoak into somethingsoak off somethingsoak somethingup
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