Soak (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soaked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Soaking.] [OE. soken, AS. socian to sioak, steep, fr. scan, sgan, to suck. See Suck.]

1.

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; as, to soak cloth; to soak bread; to soak salt meat, salt fish, or the like.

2.

To drench; to wet thoroughly.

Their land shall be soaked with blood. Isa. xxiv. 7.

3.

To draw in by the pores, or through small passages; as, a sponge soaks up water; the skin soaks in moisture.

4.

To make (its way) by entering pores or interstices; -- often with through.

The rivulet beneath soaked its way obscurely through wreaths of snow. Sir W. Scott.

5.

Fig.: To absorb; to drain.

[Obs.]

Sir H. Wotton.

 

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Soak, v. i.

1.

To lie steeping in water or other liquid; to become sturated; as, let the cloth lie and soak.

2.

To enter (into something) by pores or interstices; as, water soaks into the earth or other porous matter.

3.

To drink intemperately or gluttonously.

[Slang]

 

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