from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make thoroughly wet or saturated by or as if by placing in liquid.
- transitive v. To immerse in liquid for a period of time.
- transitive v. To absorb (liquid, for example) through or as if through pores or interstices.
- transitive v. To remove (a stain, for example) by continued immersion: soaked out the grease spots.
- transitive v. Informal To take in or accept mentally, especially eagerly and easily: soaked up the gossip.
- transitive v. Informal To drink (alcoholic liquor), especially to excess.
- transitive v. Informal To make (a person) drunk.
- transitive v. Slang To overcharge (a person).
- intransitive v. To be immersed until thoroughly saturated.
- intransitive v. To penetrate or permeate; seep: The speaker paused to let her words soak in.
- intransitive v. Slang To drink to excess.
- n. The act or process of soaking.
- n. The condition of being soaked.
- n. Liquid in which something may be soaked.
- n. Slang A drunkard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be saturated with liquid by being immersed in it.
- v. To immerse in liquid to the point of saturation or thorough permeation.
- v. To penetrate or permeate by saturation.
- v. To allow (especially a liquid) to be absorbed; to take in, receive. (usually + up)
- v. To drink intemperately or gluttonously.
- n. An immersion in water etc.
- n. A drunkard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause or suffer to lie in a fluid till the substance has imbibed what it can contain; to macerate in water or other liquid; to steep, as for the purpose of softening or freshening
- transitive v. To drench; to wet thoroughly.
- transitive v. To draw in by the pores, or through small passages
- transitive v. To make (its way) by entering pores or interstices; -- often with through.
- transitive v. Fig.: To absorb; to drain.
- intransitive v. To lie steeping in water or other liquid; to become sturated.
- intransitive v. To enter (into something) by pores or interstices.
- intransitive v. To drink intemperately or gluttonously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie in and become saturated with water or some other liquid; steep.
- To pass, especially to enter, as a liquid, through pores or interstices; penetrate thoroughly by saturation: followed by in or through.
- To flow.
- To drink intemperately and habitually, especially strong drink; booze; be continually under the influence of liquor.
- To become drained or dry. Compare soak, v. t., 7.
- To sit over the fire absorbing the heat.
- Hence To receive a prolonged baking; bake thoroughly: said of bread.
- To cause to lie immersed in a liquid until thoroughly saturated; steep: as, to soak rice in water; to soak a sponge.
- To flood; saturate; drench; steep.
- To take up by absorption; absorb through pores or other openings; suck in, as a liquid or other fluid: followed by in or up.
- Hence, to drink; especially, to drink immoderately; guzzle.
- To penetrate, work, or accomplish by wetting thoroughly: often with through.
- To make soft as by steeping; hence, to enfeeble; enervate.
- To suck dry; exhaust; drain.
- To bake thoroughly: said of the lengthened baking given, in particular, to bread, so that the cooking may be complete.
- To “put in soak”; pawn; pledge: as, he soaked his watch for ten dollars.
- n. A soaking, in any sense of the verb.
- n. Specifically, a drinking-bout; a spree.
- n. That in which anything is soaked; a steep.
- n. One who or that which soaks.
- n. A landspring.
- n. A tippler; a hard drinker.
- n. An over-stocking, with or without a foot, worn over the long stocking for warmth or protection from dirt. Compare boot-hose, stirruphose.
- To place in a furnace, or soaking pit, with the object of equalizing the temperature rather than causing an increase: especially applied to ingots of steel which, soon after casting, have a solid exterior or shell and a molten interior, and are therefore unfit for rolling until solid and of a nearly uniform temperature throughout.
- n. A slough.
- n. In tanning, a tank or vat of water for soaking hides or skins.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. leave as a guarantee in return for money
- n. washing something by allowing it to soak
- v. cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
- v. beat severely
- v. fill, soak, or imbue totally
- v. heat a metal prior to working it
- n. the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid)
- v. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
- v. become drunk or drink excessively
- v. make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
- v. submerge in a liquid
Middle English soken, from Old English socian; see seuə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English soken, from Old English socian ("to soak, steep", literally "to cause to suck (up)"), from Proto-Germanic *sukōnan (“to soak”), causative of Proto-Germanic *sūkanan (“to suck”). Cognate with Middle Dutch soken ("to cause to suck"). More at suck. (Wiktionary)