Meaning of “soak” in the English Dictionary

"soak" in British English

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uk /səʊk/ us /soʊk/

C1 [ I + adv/prep, T ] to make something very wet, or (of liquid) to be absorbed in large amounts:

The wind had blown the rain in and soaked the carpet.
You'd better wipe up that red wine 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 change its flavour:

You can usually soak out a stain.
Leave the beans to soak overnight./Let the beans soak overnight.
Soak the fruit in brandy for a few hours before you add it to the mixture.

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soaknoun [ C ]

uk /səʊk/ us /soʊk/

(Definition of “soak” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"soak" in American English

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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 cab ride.
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)