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English definition of “soak sth up”

soak sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with soak   /səʊk/ us    /soʊk/

(LIQUID)

If a dry material or substance soaks up a liquid, it absorbs the liquid through its surface: I tried to soak up most of the spilled milk with a cloth.

(EXPERIENCE)

B2 to enjoy the effects or experience of something as much as possible: I love to lie on the beach and soak up the sun. Just stroll around the bazaar and soak up the atmosphere.

(INFORMATION)

informal to understand and remember information well: Given the right environment, children are like sponges and will soak up information.

(USE ALL)

to use up all or most of a supply of something, especially a supply of money: The repairs on our house soaked up all our savings.
(Definition of soak sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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