soak verb definition in Preparing food topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

soak

 verb: Preparing food topic
[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.