I. verb Etymology: Middle English soken, from Old English socian; akin to Old English sūcan to suck Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to lie immersed in liquid (as water) ; become saturated by or as if by immersion 2. a. to enter or pass through something by or as if by pores or interstices ; permeate b. to penetrate or affect the mind or feelings — usually used with in or into 3. to drink alcoholic beverages intemperately transitive verb 1. to permeate so as to wet, soften, or fill thoroughly 2. to place in a surrounding element (as liquid) to wet or permeate thoroughly 3. to extract by or as if by steeping <
soak the dirt out
4. a. to draw or take in by or as if by suction or absorption <
soaked up the sunshine
b. to intoxicate (oneself) by drinking alcoholic beverages 5. to cause to pay an exorbitant amount • soaker noun Synonyms: soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing <
soak the garment in soapy water
. saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held <
a saturated sponge
. drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured <
clothes drenched by a cloudburst
. steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (as a color) to the thing immersed <
steep the tea for five minutes
. impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another <
a cake strongly impregnated with brandy
. II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. the act or process of soaking ; the state of being soaked b. that (as liquid) in which something is soaked 2. drunkard 3. slang pawn II,2

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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