Definition of


  1. (noun, process) the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid)
  2. (noun, act) washing something by allowing it to soak
  3. (verb, contact) submerge in a liquid
  4. (verb, possession) rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  5. (verb, change) cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
  6. (verb, possession) leave as a guarantee in return for money
  7. (verb, contact) beat severely
  8. (verb, consumption) make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
  9. (verb, consumption) become drunk or drink excessively
  10. (verb, change) fill, soak, or imbue totally
  11. (verb, change) heat a metal prior to working it

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Soak

  1. O.E. socian (related to sucan "to suck"), from P.Gmc. *sukon (cf. W.Flem. soken), from PIE base *seue- "to take liquid" (see sup (2)). Slang meaning "to overcharge" first recorded 1895. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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