To soak something is to submerge it into water. Before you cook dry beans, you soak them overnight first. If you’re not a bean, you can also soak up a cool experience by immersing yourself in it.

You can soak your dirty laundry in soapy water, or soak rice before you cook it, and you can also soak in a bubble bath. When you do this, you give these things (including yourself) a soak. Informally, the verb also means "immerse in an activity or experience," like when you soak up the applause after your masterful violin performance.

Definitions of soak
  1. verb
    submerge in a liquid
    “I soaked in the hot tub for an hour”
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    type of:
    immerse, plunge
    thrust or throw into
  2. verb
    cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
    synonyms: douse, dowse, drench, sop, souse
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    soak in brine
    bedraggle, draggle
    make wet and dirty, as from rain
    soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
    place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
    flush, sluice
    irrigate with water from a sluice
    type of:
    cause to become wet
  3. verb
    fill, soak, or imbue totally
    soak the bandage with disinfectant”
    synonyms: imbue
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    infuse, steep
    let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
    sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor
    marinade, marinate
    soak in marinade
    steep in hot water
    undergo the process of infusion
    steep; pass through a strainer
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    impregnate, saturate
    infuse or fill completely
  4. noun
    washing something by allowing it to soak
    synonyms: soaking
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    lavation, wash, washing
    the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
  5. noun
    the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid)
    “a good soak put life back in the wagon”
    synonyms: soakage, soaking
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    action, activity, natural action, natural process
    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
  6. verb
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    synonyms: fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, surcharge
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    charge (someone) too little money
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
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    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
  7. verb
    beat severely
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    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  8. verb
    make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
    synonyms: inebriate, intoxicate
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    befuddle, fuddle
    make stupid with alcohol
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    act physically on; have an effect upon
  9. verb
    become drunk or drink excessively
    synonyms: hit it up, inebriate, souse
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    type of:
    booze, drink, fuddle
    consume alcohol
  10. verb
    heat a metal prior to working it
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    heat, heat up
    make hot or hotter
  11. verb
    leave as a guarantee in return for money
    synonyms: hock, pawn
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    type of:
    charge, consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
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