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Meaning of “soak” in the English Dictionary

"soak" in British English

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soakverb

uk   /səʊk/  us   /soʊk/
C1 [I + adv/prep, T] to make something very ​wet, or (of ​liquid) to be ​absorbed in ​largeamounts: The ​wind had ​blown the ​rain in and soaked the ​carpet. You'd ​betterwipe up that ​redwine you've ​spilled before it soaks (= is ​absorbed) into the ​carpet. Blood had soaked through both ​bandages.B2 [I or T] to ​leave something in ​liquid, ​especially in ​order to ​clean it, make it ​softer, or ​changeitsflavour: You can usually soak out a ​stain. Leave the ​beans to soak ​overnight./Let the ​beans soak ​overnight. Soak the ​fruit inbrandy for a few ​hours before you ​add it to the ​mixture.
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soaknoun [C]

uk   /səʊk/  us   /soʊk/
  • soak noun [C] (MAKE WET)

a ​period of ​time during which something is in ​liquid: Most ​driedbeans need a soak before they're ​cooked. Showers are all ​right but there's nothing like a good ​long soak in the ​bath.
  • soak noun [C] (PERSON)

old-fashioned informal a ​person who is often ​drunk
(Definition of soak from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"soak" in American English

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soakverb

 us   /soʊk/
  • soak verb (MAKE WET)

[I/T] to make something very ​wet, or of a ​liquid to be ​absorbed: [T] The ​hikers got soaked in the ​downpour. [I] Water soaked through my ​shoes. [I/T] To soak something ​means to ​leave it in ​liquid for a ​period of ​time, esp. to ​clean or ​soften it: [T] Let’s just soak the ​dishes.
  • soak verb (CHARGE)

[T] slang to ​charge someone too much ​money: I got soaked for the ​cabride.
soaking
adjective  us   /ˈsoʊ·kɪŋ/ (also soaking wet,  /ˌsoʊ·kɪŋˈwet/ )
It’s so ​humid that my ​shirt is soaking ​wet before I ​leave the ​house.
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(Definition of soak from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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