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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English soken, from Old English socian; see seuə-2 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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